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The formation of Croatian national identity: a centuries-old dream?


Bellamy, Alex J.

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Abstract This volume assesses the formation of Croatian national identity in the 1990s. It develops a novel framework calling into question both primordial and modernist approaches to nationalism and national identity before applying that framework to Croatia. In doing so it provides a new way of thinking about how national identity is formed and why it is so important. An explanation is given of how Croatian national identity was formed in the abstract, via a historical narrative that traces centuries of yearning for a national state. The book shows how the government, opposition parties, dissident intellectuals and diaspora groups offered alternative accounts of this narrative in order to legitimise contemporary political programmes based on different visions of national identity. It then looks at how these debates were manifested in social activities as diverse as football and religion, economics and language. This volume marks an important contribution to both the way we study nationalism and national identity, and our understanding of post-Yugoslav politics and society.
Keywords Croatia; national identity; twentieth century; nationalism; nation state; collective consciousness
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Croatia; Balkans; nationalism
Document language English
Publication Year 2003
Publisher Manchester Univ. Press
City Manchester
Page/Pages X,211 p.
Series Europe in Change
ISBN 0-7190-6502-X
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works