National Museums in Southeast Europe: (En)countering Balkanism?

  title={National Museums in Southeast Europe: (En)countering Balkanism?},
  author={Andrew Sawyer},
  journal={International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society},
  • Andrew Sawyer
  • Published 1 March 2014
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
The collapse of sclerotic and dysfunctional one-party regimes in central and eastern Europe, associated with the end of the USSR, and in parts of the Balkans, with the death of President Tito of Yugoslavia in 1980, was followed by violence and war, which brought the region to the world’s attention. These events, and inevitably the historical causes, were and still are interpreted to an international audience, largely through a global media, over which Balkan countries have limited influence… Expand
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