Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in South Eastern Europe

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Routledge, Apr 1, 2016 - Political Science - 300 pages
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After the conflagration of Tito’s Yugoslavia a medley of new and not-so-new states rose from the ashes. Some of the Yugoslav successor states have joined, or are about to enter, the European Union, while others are still struggling to define their national borders, symbols, and relationships with neighbouring states. Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in South Eastern Europe expands upon the existing body of nationalism studies and explores how successful these nation-building strategies have been in the last two decades. Relying on new quantitative research results, the contributors offer interdisciplinary analyses of symbolic nation-building in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to show that whereas the citizens of some states have reached a consensus about the nation-building project other states remain fragmented and uncertain of when the process will end. A must-read not only for scholars of the region but policy makers and others interested in understanding the complex interplay of history, symbolic politics, and post-conflict transition.

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List of Figures
Strategies of Symbolic
The Lines
Serbia and the Symbolic ReConstruction of the Nation
Symbolic Dimensions of
Topography of the Construction of the Nation
Strategies for Creating the Macedonian State and Nation
Symbolic NationBuilding
Success and Failure of Nationbuilding Structural

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Pål Kolstø is Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oslo and has written extensively on nation-building and ethnic issues in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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