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Ethnic Cleansing in the Balkans: Nationalism and the Destruction of Tradition
This volume looks at the phenomenon of ethnic cleansing in the Balkans over the last two hundred years. It argues that the events of the last two hundred years can be demystified, that the South East of Europe was not destined to become violent and that constructions of the Balkans as endemically violent misses a important political point and historical point. This book cl ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 15th 2002 by Routledge
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I largely agree with the author's conclusion when she says:
The main thesis that has been pursued in the book is the one that the Balkans suffered ethnic quakes, largely because of the impact of European ideas (initially nationalism, then fascism and communism) was so profound and clashed so indelibly with older 'autochtonous' ideas found in religious practice and traditional culture. Although the forms that violence took during ethnic cleansing were often 'traditional' in the sense that they ha