The Balkans Beyond Nationalism and Identity: International by Pavlos Hatzopoulos

By Pavlos Hatzopoulos

For a long time we've come to just accept that nationalism shaped the root of the trendy historical past of the Balkans. during this daring and debatable examine, Pavlos Hatzopoulos turns this assumption on its head.
Through a ground-breaking exam of the non-nationalist ideologies within the Balkans in the course of the interwar interval, Hatzopoulos calls into query the supposedly inherent connection among the Balkans and nationalism and argues that nationalism doesn't shape the only real ordering precept of the fashionable background of the Balkan sector. targeting the ideologies of communism, liberal internationalism and agrarianism, Hatzopoulos examines how those engage with nationalist ideology. He demonstrates how non-nationalist theories problem the nationalist view of the Balkans because the sum of a number of nationwide areas. He even questions the nationalist figuring out of the very time period 'the Balkans'.
The Balkans past Nationalism and identification revisits modern debates on a zone that remains a ecu trouble element and demanding situations the nation-centric realizing that permeates it. In providing an outline of 'the Balkans' as a contested political proposal, the e-book argues for a totally clean interpretation of the region's composition.

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In effect, this set of portrayals alludes to an atemporal depoliticised image of the Balkans; nationalism is perceived as the quintessential feature of an unchangeable Balkan condition. One of the main challenges involved is the task of discussing a seemingly disparate literature under the same umbrella. In the first instance, writings on the Yugoslav wars appear in this chapter not because of an established cartographical fact: Yugoslavia being a part of the Balkan region. Instead, what is more interestingly observed in these texts is that the association between Yugoslav and Balkan transcends this banal geographical assertion and acquires a political significance.

His work aims to identify the mechanisms through which ideology is intertwined with lived experience, how it becomes internalised and shapes political action. Althusser’s original contribution lies in the introduction of the concept of Ideological State Apparatuses (ISAs). 62 Ideological State Apparatuses include, for instance, the following types of institutions: religious (churches), political, educational (schools, universities), family (marriage), legal, communications (television, press), cultural (art), etc.

E. 57 The influence of The German Ideology has, however, transcended Marxism; it has induced writers of all kinds of persuasions to pursue the study of ideology through the prism of the binary opposition between truth/falsehood, reality/illusion and to inquire on how ideology is functional to forms of social domination. This is another illustration of how Marx remains grounded on the Enlightenment project and it also prompts us to mention the similarities /differences with the original formulation of the term.

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