Overview

Imagining the Balkans 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 from the eighteenth century up to the present, uncovering the ways in which an insidious intellectual tradition was constructed, became mythologized, and is being transmitted as a discourse.
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Overview

Imagining the Balkans 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 from the eighteenth century up to the present, uncovering the ways in which an insidious intellectual tradition was constructed, became mythologized, and is being transmitted as a discourse.
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"[This book] contains many brilliant insights and always displays the author's enormous erudition."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199728381
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Sales rank: 1,183,565
  • File size: 515 KB

Meet the Author

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 Studies 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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