Collective Memory, National Identity, and Ethnic Conflict: by Victor Roudometof

By Victor Roudometof

Roudometof offers an in-depth research of inter-ethnic family within the southern Balkans. He examines the evolution of the Macedonian query and the creation of rival nationwide narratives by way of Greeks, Bulgarians, and Macedonians. He introduces the concept that of a countrywide narrative so that it will account for the creation and proliferation of alternative different types of collective reminiscence one of the rival geographical regions. Roudometof deconstructs the nationwide narratives of the competing facets and exhibits the bounds of those narratives and their biases. He additionally develops an alternate interpretation of Macedonian nationwide formation.The contentious factor of Macedonian nationwide minorities within the southern Balkans is tested in addition to the problem of the Albanian events towards self-determination and succession in Kosovo and western Macedonia. Roudometof argues that the Macedonian minority teams should not as quite a few within the neighboring states because it is conventionally assumed. in regards to the Albanian nationwide query, he presents a evaluate of the post-1945 family among Albania and Greece, the Albanians of Kosovo and the Serbs, and the Albanians and Macedonians. He argues that the Albanian nationalist activities have grown out of the interplay among Albanians and their neighboring international locations and ethnic teams. an immense source for students, scholars, and different researchers concerned with the Balkans and ethnic clash solution normally.

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1983). Historical facts are either deleted from the narrative or presented in a selective manner. 1 On 17 November 1991 the People's Republic of Macedonia declared its independence and asked for international recognition. Unlike Slovenia and Croatia (see Hayden, 1992a, 1992b), the declaration was not the result of long-held grievances. It simply followed the regional pattern of Yugoslav disintegration. Indeed, the People's Republic of Macedonia was, by all measures, an economic backwater—and its economic security was closely tied to the existence of the Yugoslav federation.

Macedonian organization 8. Nationalists, who care about Bulgaria 9. Other Source: NCIOM (1997:108-9). Percentage 33 22 9 9 6 4 3 3 11 length in Chapter 5. Finally, others consider it an organization of Bulgarians from Macedonia or one of the Macedonians. Interestingly enough, attitudes toward VMRO are clearly distributed according to the various regions of Bulgaria. , Pirin Macedonia); most of central Bulgaria; and the Varna, Vidin, and Silistra regions (a total of twelve regions) the prevailing attitudes are positive.

Moreover, the study of collective memory has become entangled in the controversies surrounding relativism and its use in social-scientific inquiry. See Burke (1997), Lukacs (1985), Lowenthal (1985; 1996), Hutton (1993), and Le Goff (1992) for discussions about the role, impact, and influence of memory in history writing. 9. Pierre Norra's Les Lieux de memoire (1984-92), a history of the collective memory of France as revealed through its representations, is perhaps the most influential contemporary project that bears the mark of Halbwachs's approach.

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