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Imagining the Balkans.

Author: Maria Todorova
Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If the Balkans hadn't existed, they would have been invented" was the verdict of Count Hermann Keyserling in his famous 1928 publication, Europe. Over ten years ago, Maria Todorova traced the relationship between the reality and the invention. Based on a rich selection of travelogues, diplomatic accounts, academic surveys, journalism, and belles-lettres in many languages, Imagining the Balkans explored the ontology  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Todorova, Maria.
Imagining the Balkans.
Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Todorova
ISBN: 9780199728381 0199728380
OCLC Number: 1027486671
Description: 1 online resource (654 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Title Page --
Copyright Page --
Dedication --
Preface --
Contents --
Introduction Balkanism and Orientalism: Are They Different Categories? --
1. The Balkans: Nomen --
2. "Balkans" as Self-designation --
3. The Discovery of the Balkans --
4. Patterns of Perception until 1900 --
5. From Discovery to Invention, from Invention to Classification --
6. Between Classification and Politics: The Balkans and the Myth of Central Europe --
7. The Balkans: Realia-Qu'est-ce qu'il y a de hors-texte? --
Conclusion --
Afterword to the Updated Edition --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.

Abstract:

"If the Balkans hadn't existed, they would have been invented" was the verdict of Count Hermann Keyserling in his famous 1928 publication, Europe. Over ten years ago, Maria Todorova traced the relationship between the reality and the invention. Based on a rich selection of travelogues, diplomatic accounts, academic surveys, journalism, and belles-lettres in many languages, Imagining the Balkans explored the ontology of the Balkans from the sixteenth century to the present day, uncovering the ways in which an insidious intellectual tradition was constructed, became mythologized, and is still being transmitted as discourse. Maria Todorova, who was raised in the Balkans, is in a unique position to bring both scholarship and sympathy to her subject, and in a new afterword she reflects on recent developments in the study of the Balkans and political developments on the ground since the publication of Imagining the Balkans. The afterword explores the controversy over Todorova's coining of the term Balkanism.

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