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

By Victor Roudometof

Roudometof offers an in-depth research of inter-ethnic kinfolk within the southern Balkans. He examines the evolution of the Macedonian query and the construction of rival nationwide narratives through Greeks, Bulgarians, and Macedonians. He introduces the concept that of a countrywide narrative with the intention to account for the construction and proliferation of alternative varieties of collective reminiscence one of the rival geographical regions. Roudometof deconstructs the nationwide narratives of the competing aspects and indicates the boundaries of those narratives and their biases. He additionally develops another 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 pursuits towards self-determination and succession in Kosovo and western Macedonia. Roudometof argues that the Macedonian minority teams should not as a variety of within the neighboring states because it is conventionally assumed. in regards to the Albanian nationwide query, he presents a evaluate of the post-1945 kin among Albania and Greece, the Albanians of Kosovo and the Serbs, and the Albanians and Macedonians. He argues that the Albanian nationalist events have grown out of the interplay among Albanians and their neighboring international locations and ethnic teams. a huge source for students, scholars, and different researchers concerned with the Balkans and ethnic clash solution typically.

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Macedonians were referred to as “Skopjians” (the equivalent of calling Greeks “Athenians”). Archbishop Serafim, head of the Greek Church at the time, is on record as declaring “The propagandists of Skopje should shut up and not provoke us” (interview in the newspaper Eleytherotypia, 3 January 1993). This colorful statement is characteristic of the prevailing attitude among Greeks. Throughout 1992, various rumors suggested the formation of a coalition between Turkey (Greece's traditional political adversary) and FYROM that could lead to war and the potential annexation of parts of Greece by both countries.

The 1990s anthropological scholarship (and in particular the books by Karakasidou and Danforth) have come fairly close to a sociological analysis of the social construction of the Macedonian Question. However, both books focus on ethnographic material and thick description—and in this manner they provide solid examples of excellent anthropological work. My analysis in this book is aimed to supplement these analyses by providing a more theoretical discussion of the Macedonian Question. 6. The very name of the state has become part of this controversy.

Nor does the fact that nation is a socially constructed entity mean that nation is a fabricated concept that serves the ideological processes of legitimization by specific social classes and dominant groups. Such interpretations are clearly shortsighted and tend to view cultural categories in an instrumentalist fashion—as categories that have no content on their own. 23. On Rigas Velestinlis, see Vranousis (1957), Kitromilides (1978), and Todorov (1991). On federalist plans within nineteenth-century Greek society, see Todorov (1991).

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