Whose Bosnia?: Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1914

Whose Bosnia?: Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1914

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Author/Contributor(s): Hajdarpasic, Edin
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Date: 04/15/2019
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

As Edin Hajdarpasic shows, formative contestations over Bosnia and the surrounding region began well the assassination that triggered World War I, emerging with the rise of new nineteenth-century forces--Serbian and Croatian nationalisms, and Ottoman, Habsburg, Muslim, and Yugoslav political movements--that claimed this province as their own. Whose Bosnia? reveals the political pressures and moral arguments that made Bosnia a prime target of escalating nationalist activity.

Hajdarpasic provides new insight into central themes of modern politics, illuminating core subjects like the people, state-building, and national suffering. Whose Bosnia? proposes a new figure in the history of nationalism: the (br)other, a character signifying the potential of being brother and Other, containing the fantasy of complete assimilation and insurmountable difference. By bringing this figure into focus, Whose Bosnia? shows nationalism to be a dynamic and open-ended force, one that eludes a clear sense of historical closure.