Imagining the Balkans: Updated Edition by Maria TodorovaImagining the Balkans: Updated Edition by Maria Todorova

Imagining the Balkans: Updated Edition

byMaria Todorova

Paperback | April 15, 2009

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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 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 theBalkans. The afterword explores the controversy over Todorova's coining of the term Balkanism. With this work, Todorova offers a timely, updated, accessible study of how an innocent geographic appellation was transformed into one of the most powerful and widespread pejorative designations in modernhistory.
Maria Todorova is Gutgsell Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Title:Imagining the Balkans: Updated EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Balkanism and Orientalism: Are They Different Categories?1. The Balkans: Nomen2. "Balkans" as Self-designation3. The Discovery of the Balkans4. Patterns of Perception until 19005. From Discovery to Invention, from Invention to Classification6. Between Classification and Politics: The Balkans and the Myth of Central Europe7. The Balkans: Realia - Qu'est-ce qu'il y a de hors-texte?ConclusionAfterword to the Updated EditionNotes/ Bibliography/ Index

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"By far the best work of historiography on the region." --Tomislav Z. Longinovic, Lingua Franca