The return of particularism
and the microstate
Nowhere in Europe do we find an area divided into
such small states as in the former Yugoslavia, and in no
region on the continent are the repercussions of European
conflicts so strongly felt today as they are in the region
between Slovenia and Albania, Croatia and Serbia,
often called “the Balkans”. The term Balkan peninsula,
however, refers to a region extending from just south
of an imaginary line between Ljubljana in Slovenia and
Varna in Bulgaria to the Black Sea, the Aegean and the
Adriatic, one that also includes Bulgaria and Greece.
The term “Balkanization” was already in use in both
English and German at the beginning of the 20th century
as a synonym for fragmentation or splintering. Today
there are eight independent republics on the territory
of the former Yugoslavia and Albania. Six large ethnic
groups belonging to three different religious communities
and using two different alphabets inhabit an area
the size of Italy.
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