The Balkans as Europe, 1821-1914

The Balkans as Europe, 1821-1914


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This collection of essays places the Balkans at the center of European developments, not as a conflict-ridden problem zone, but rather as a full-fledged European region. Contrary to the commonly held perception, contributors to the volume argue, the Balkans did not lag behind the rest of European history, but rather anticipated many (West) European developments in the decades before and after 1900. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Balkan states became fully independent nation-states. As they worked to consolidate their sovereignty, these countries looked beyond traditional state formation strategies to alternative visions rooted in militarism or national political economy, and not only succeeded on their own terms but changed Europe and the world beginning in 1912-14. As the Ottoman Empire weakened and ever more kinds of informal diplomacy were practiced on its territory by more powerful states, relationships between identity and geopolitics were also transformed. The result, as the contributors demonstrate, was a phenomenon that would come to pervade the whole of Europe by the 1920s and 1930s: the creeping substitution of ideas of religion and ethnicity for the idea of state belonging or subjecthood. CONTRIBUTORS: Ulf Brunnbauer, Holly Case, Dessislava Lilova, John Paul Newman, Roumiana Preshlenova, Dominique Kirchner Reill, Timothy Snyder Timothy Snyder is Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University. Katherine Younger is a research associate at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Austria.

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ISBN-13: 9781580469159
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Series: Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe Series , #21
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology vii

Maps ix

Introduction Timothy Snyder 1

1 Balkan Initiatives to Make Europe: Two Cases from Mid-Nineteenth-Century Dalmatia Dominique Kirchner Reill 11

2 The Homeland as Terra Incognita: Geography and Bulgarian National Identity, 1830s-1870s Dessislava Lilova 31

3 Liberation in Progress: Bulgarian Nationalism and Political Economy in a Balkan Perspective, 1878-1912 Roumiana Preshlenova 54

4 Emigrants and Countries of Origin: The Politics of Emigration in Southeastern Europe until the First World War Ulf Brunnbauer 78

5 The Quiet Revolution: Consuls and the International System in the Nineteenth Century Holly Case 110

6 The Hollow Crown: Civil and Military Relations during Serbia's "Golden Age," 1903-1914 John Paul Newman 139

List of Contributors 161

Index 165

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