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Balkan Nationalism after 1989
Balkan Nationalism after 1989

Author(s): Tetsuya Sahara
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Slavic Research Center
Keywords: Nationalism in the Balkans; Roma in the Balkans; Nationalism and social conditions;

Summary/Abstract: Since the end of the 1980s, a growing tendency of nationalism has dominated Balkan society. Most observers of Balkan affairs have fixed their eyes on phases in which mutually antagonistic, usually violent, nationalist movements have clashed and collided with each other. By doing so, they tend to neglect more subtle, but at the same time hazardous to daily life, aspects of the phenomenon. What must be seriously reconsidered now is the “other side of the story” of the “Balkan tragedy.” Concretely speaking, the question lies in how the social situation of ethnic minorities has changed in these past ten years. In this paper, firstly, the author tries to find out a common tendency of nationalist pressure that threatens the existence of the Roma community in the Balkans as a whole. Then, the examination will focus on the distinctive features of nature of the contemporary Balkan nationalism. Finally, the effect of the “humanitarian” intervention will be brought into inquiry.

  • Issue Year: 2001
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 117-144
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: English