"These thought-provoking essays on the Serbian ethno-myth make
this book a valuable contribution to the literature on the former
--"The Journal of Slavic Military Studies"
"The newspaper articles . . . offer incisive, ironic, and often
witty analyses of nationalist discourse found in a wide variety of
texts, including political speeches."
-- " Slavic Review "
Symbols are central to politics. In this groundbreaking work,
Ivan Colevic investigates the symbols of politics and the politics
of symbols in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Hercegovnia. The first
part of the work, "The Serbian Political Ethno-Myth," analyzes
Serbian political mythology about the nation and nationalism in
particular, as well as the role of narratives in political
discourse, and notions of time, nature, borders, heroism, and
The second part, "From the History of Serbian Political
Mythology," is concerned with the historical development of Serbian
political myths. The third part, "Characters and Figures of Power,"
comprises case studies which analyze political symbolism, myth,
rhetoric, and propaganda. These studies are based on examples
gleaned from the Serbian press, academic texts and literature,
political speeches, and from everyday life.
Finally, Colevic investigates the relationship between the
masses, mass culture, and politics, including the recruitment of
soccer fans into the war in the former Yugoslavia, and how symbolic
communication was used by Serbia's anti-Milosevic opposition.
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