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By Edin Hajdarpasic

As the positioning of the assassination that prompted global conflict I and where the place the time period "ethnic detoxification" used to be invented in the course of the Yugoslav Wars of the Nineties, Bosnia has turn into an international image of nationalist clash and ethnic department. yet as Edin Hajdarpasic exhibits, formative contestations over the area all started good prior to 1914, rising with the increase of latest nineteenth-century forces—Serbian and Croatian nationalisms in addition to Ottoman, Habsburg, Muslim, and Yugoslav political movements—that claimed this province as their very own. Whose Bosnia? unearths the political pressures and ethical arguments that made this land a chief objective of escalating nationalist activity.

To clarify the extraordinary proliferation of nationwide activities because the 19th century, Hajdarpasic attracts on an enormous diversity of sources—records of mystery societies, imperial surveillance records, poetry, work, own correspondences—spanning Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey, and Austria. not easy traditional readings of Balkan histories, Whose Bosnia? offers new perception into significant subject matters of recent politics, illuminating center topics like "the people," state-building, and nationwide ache. Hajdarpasic makes use of South Slavic debates over Bosnian Muslim id to suggest a brand new determine within the historical past of nationalism: the (br)other, a personality signifying even as the opportunity of being either "brother" and “Other,” containing the delusion of either entire assimilation and insurmountable distinction. by way of bringing such figures into concentration, Whose Bosnia? indicates nationalism to be an immensely dynamic and open-ended strength, person who eludes any transparent experience of old closure.

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