Imagining the Balkans

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"If the Balkans hadn't existed, they would have been invented" was the verdict of Count Hermann Keyserling in his famous 1928 publication Europe. In Imagining the Balkans, Maria Todorova attempts to trace the relationship between the reality and the invention. Based on a rich selection of travelogues, diplomatic accounts, academic surveys, journalism, and belles lettres in many languages, this work explores the ontology of the Balkans--their Ottoman legacy, as well as questions of ascription and ...
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"If the Balkans hadn't existed, they would have been invented" was the verdict of Count Hermann Keyserling in his famous 1928 publication Europe. In Imagining the Balkans, Maria Todorova attempts to trace the relationship between the reality and the invention. Based on a rich selection of travelogues, diplomatic accounts, academic surveys, journalism, and belles lettres in many languages, this work explores the ontology of the Balkans--their Ottoman legacy, as well as questions of ascription and self-presentation. It also studies the ways in which a particular intellectual tradition was constructed, became mythologized, and is being transmitted as discourse.

Starting in the eighteenth century and continuing up to the present, Imagining the Balkans covers the Balkans' most formative years. From the downfall of the Ottoman Empire, through the turbulent nationalist years of the nineteenth century, up to World War I, the idea of the Balkans was fiercely, often violently, contested. In the wake of World War I emerged the beginnings of a tradition, largely enforced by academics, stigmatizing the Balkans. Since then, the region has suffered from the neglect, abuse, and scant regard of both Western Europe and the world. The result has been in many direct ways to compound the Balkans' poverty, internal violence, and lack of positive national self-images.

Todorova's thesis is more than a mere "orientalist variation" on a Balkan theme. She treats Balkanism not as a simple sub-species of Orientalism, but as an independent category with its own specific links to the dominant European discourse. By being geographically inextricable from Europe, yet culturally constructed as "the other," the Balkans have served as a repository of negative characteristics against which a positive and self-congratulatory image of the "European" has been constructed.

Raised in the Balkans, Maria Todorova is in a unique position to bring both scholarship and sympathy to her subject. She offers a timely, accessible study of when, why, and by what means an innocent geographical appellation was transformed into one of the most powerful and extensively used and abused pejorative designations in modern history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195087505
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/22/1997
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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Maria Todorova earned a degree in history from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, where she taught Balkan history until 1988. She has since taught at several American universities, and is currently Professor of Balkan and East European History at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Balkanism and Orientalism: Are They Different Categories? 3
1 The Balkans: Nomen 21
2 "Balkans" as Self-designation 38
3 The Discovery of the Balkans 62
4 Patterns of Perception until 1900 89
5 From Discovery to Invention, from Invention to Classification 116
6 Between Classification and Politics: The Balkans and the Myth of Central Europe 140
7 The Balkans: Realia - Qu'est-ce qu'il y a de hors-texte? 161
Conclusion 184
Notes 191
Bibliography 217
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    Understanding the Balkans

    I've read many books on Balkan history and current events in the past year. None has covered the ground as thoroughly, or shed more light on the encounter between the Balkans and the West. Reflecting exceptionally wide reading combined with the crucial sense of realities on the ground that eludes many meta-commentators on matters Balkan, this book is must reading for anyone serious about understanding the Balkan conundrum. One should note that it is not an easy read, and is occasionally marred by infelicities of expression. But of a hundred books I've read or skimmed in the field this past year, this one takes pride of place.

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