By Maria Todorova
Balkan Identities brings jointly historians, anthropologists, and literary students all operating below the shared conviction that the one method to triumph over heritage is to in detail realize it. The members of Balkan Identities specialise in historic reminiscence, collective nationwide reminiscence, and the political manipulation of nationwide identities. They refine our figuring out of reminiscence and identification normally and discover and check the importance of specific manifestations of Balkan nationwide identities and nationwide thoughts within the region.
The essays in Balkan Identities grapple with 3 significant difficulties: the development of historic reminiscence, websites of nationwide reminiscence, and the mobilization of nationwide identities. whereas such a lot essays specialize in a unmarried kingdom (e.g. Croatia, Romania, Turkey, Cyprus, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia), they're in discussion with one another and percentage an competition to inflexible isolationist identities.
Illuminating and not easy, Balkan Identities demonstrates the ever-changing nature of a stricken and culturally shiny region.
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There can be little doubt that the ruling elites were conscious of the importance, indeed the urgency, of such symbolic constructions, which they deliberately encouraged through the invention and public repetition of past traditions and history through flags and anthems, monuments and school 27 STUART WOOLF textbooks, religious ceremonies and sports associations, exaltation of king and empire. National symbols, like the figures of Marianne in France or Britannia in Britain, or the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in Italy, offered visual representations of the unity of the nation.
Since the end of the Roman Empire, or rather, since the break-up of the empire of Charlemagne, western Europe gives the appearance of being divided into nations, some of which, in certain periods, have sought to exercise hegemony over the others, without ever meeting with lasting success. What Charles V of Spain, Louis XIV and Napoleon I were unable to do, probably no one will be able to do in the future. The establishment of a new Roman Empire, or a new empire of Charlemagne, has become an impossibility.
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Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory by Maria Todorova