'Imagined Communities' and the Origins of the National Question in the Balkans

  title={'Imagined Communities' and the Origins of the National Question in the Balkans},
  author={P. Kitromilides},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  pages={149 - 192}
Nationalism has been one of the most powerful and perhaps also one of the most destructive forces shaping the course of Balkan history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After a century of national assertion the Balkans came to be known as the ’powder keg’ of Europe on the eve of World War I. The explosiveness of regional politics was due to the interplay of great-power imperialisms with the conflicting claims and aspirations of the region’s nationalities. How these claims and… Expand
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