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"Although the essays explore different events from various
historical periods in individual countries, the authors are
animated by a common denominator: opposition to rigid isolationism,
preserving space for a creative dialogue, and opposition to
political manipulation of national identities."
"Todorova kept her authors engaged with each other and with the
current scholarly literature on memory, history and nationalism.
Their efforts to create such a rich and diverse volume must be
commended."--" American HIstorical Review"
Balkan Identities brings together historians, anthropologists,
and literary scholars all working under the shared conviction that
the only way to overcome history is to intimately understand it.
The contributors of Balkan Identities focus on historical memory,
collective national memory, and the political manipulation of
national identities. They refine our understanding of memory and
identity in general and explore and assess the significance of
particular manifestations of Balkan national identities and
national memories in the region.
The essays in Balkan Identities grapple with three major
problems: the construction of historical memory, sites of national
memory, and the mobilization of national identities. While most
essays focus on a single country (e.g. Croatia, Romania, Turkey,
Cyprus, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia), they are in
dialogue with each other and share an opposition to rigid
Illuminating and challenging, Balkan Identities demonstrates the
ever-changing nature of a troubled and culturally vibrant
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