The Day of the Liberation Through The wartime Newspaper in Sarajevo , “Oslobođenje ,” 1995 – “what does one celebration reveal to us ?” Cover Image
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Dan pobjede prema sarajevskom ratnom “Oslobođenju ” 1995. godine - šta nam kazuje jedna proslava?
The Day of the Liberation Through The wartime Newspaper in Sarajevo , “Oslobođenje ,” 1995 – “what does one celebration reveal to us ?”

Author(s): Sonja Dujmović
Subject(s): History, Military history, Social history, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Historical revisionism, Post-Communist Transformation
Published by: Institut za istoriju
Summary/Abstract: This article analyzes the history of the “Victory Day” (V-Day) commemorative celebrations and compares it to the 1995 Liberation of Sarajevo. By tracing how the narrative of V-Day evolved over the past half century, Dujmović describes how the government used this celebration to mystically connect the past to the present, to manipulate history in the interest of contemporary political ideologies, and to symbolize the beginning of a new society and government. She notes that the purpose of such a celebration was to demonize the previous system and diminish its successes, to establish and strengthen notions of a homogenous community defined in opposition to its enemies, and to lay the foundations for a de-secular value system which can unify society. The celebration reveals, however, that a universal principle of citizenship is in a serious crisis; that community loyalty exists but that individuals are wary of it. Although the community is maturing, it is difficult for individuals to find alternatives to homogenous and isolated identities.

  • Page Range: 205-215
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Language: Bosnian