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Post–Yugoslav Collective Memory
Post–Yugoslav Collective Memory

Between National and Transnational Myths

Author(s): Magdalena Rekść
Subject(s): Civil Society, Governance, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Nationalism Studies, Sociology of Culture, Post-Communist Transformation, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek
Keywords: collective memory; Yugoslavia; myth; collective identity; Yugo–nostalgia

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyse the image of Yugoslavia in the collective memories of the post–Yugoslav societies. The author of this text, basing on an assumption that every society has a great number of collective memories, highlights the fact that among the Balkan nations one can find both supporters and opponents not only of the SFRY but also of the idea of the cooperation among the Southern Slavs. Both positive and negative opinions of Yugoslavia in the collective memories are based not on the sober assessment of the historical facts but on collective emotions and historical and political myths. The anti–Yugoslav discourse in primarily based on the national mythology. The discourse of the supporters of the Yugoslav tradition one the other hand, goes back in a large extend to the transnational myths. By discussing these two types of ideas about Yugoslavia, the author of this text tries to show their impact on the current political decisions.

  • Issue Year: 45/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 73-84
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English