A centuries-old dream?
Author: Alex J. Bellamy

This book assesses the formation of Croatian national identity in the 1990s. It develops a novel framework, calling into question both primordial and modernist approaches to nationalism and national identity, before applying that framework to Croatia. In doing so, the book provides a new way of thinking about how national identity is formed and why it is so important. An explanation is given of how Croatian national identity was formed in the abstract, via a historical narrative that traces centuries of yearning for a national state. The book shows how the government, opposition parties, dissident intellectuals and diaspora groups offered alternative accounts of this narrative in order to legitimise contemporary political programmes based on different versions of national identity. It then looks at how these debates were manifested in social activities as diverse as football, religion, economics and language. This book attempts to make an important contribution to both the way we study nationalism and national identity, and our understanding of post-Yugoslav politics and society.

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mobilisation and empowerment for the Ebola response. The goals were to enter the village and allow intervention teams to do the investigative work to examine the history of Ebola development and its transmission chains within the community. Liberia: Community Liaisons and the SKD Stadium Case August 2014 was a month of big changes in the Ebola-containment campaign in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. On 1 August 2014, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a national

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There was yet another unintended consequence. Quetelet needed the help of the national state to meet his goal of universal standardisation. For their part, states were devoting all their administrative energy to building the nation: railways, schools, social legislation and statistics contributed to the internal ‘unification’ of the European nation-states. Paradoxically, Quetelet’s goal became less and less achievable as the national state assumed greater control over statistics. The evolution of national statistics was driven forward by a barrage of incentives – a

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federalism, it is argued, is impossible without democracy, but in Russia’s multi-national state, democracy is impossible without federalism. As the Russian proverb states ‘the fish rots from the head down’. In a bid to bring in regional votes and to ensure tax returns and ethnic quiescence, Yeltsin often turned a blind eye to the development of authoritarian regimes in the regions. Likewise, Putin’s reforms of the federal system have made a mockery of both federalism and democracy. The constitutional powers of the regions have been usurped by seven FAD10 10/17/2002 176

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simple switch from medical charity to private healthcare – a reformulation rather than a rejection of philanthropy. Philanthropy reformulated The voluntary hospitals underwent a great many changes during the interwar years. Those in the medical technology they employed were matched by changing dynamics in relations with the local and national state, while new styles of fundraising fostered a more democratic relationship with the local community. 7 As far the terms

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narrative. Most contemporary Croatian politicians and intellectuals agree that Croatian national identity was shaped by the history of the Croats and in particular the tradition of statehood that Croatia ostensibly enjoyed, albeit in many guises. Although most commentators do not go as far as Franjo Tuœman and suggest that Croats shared a ‘centuries-old dream’ to have their own national state, there is widespread agreement that people became Croats primarily through a shared history and occupancy of a common state. The book goes on to address the question of how Croatian

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. The best that could be hoped for was a peaceful federation of states. A modern Kantian ethical cosmopolitan, such as O’Neill, acknowledges that nationality and other forms of community have an importance, and securing a national state may be instrumental in achieving justice for some, as for example looks to be the case with the Kurds. Yet the achievement of a national state may be just as likely to be the instrument of injustice to

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been institutionalized on a global scale – liberal democracy in its most elitist, least developmental form’ (Eschle 2001: 151). It has been argued elsewhere that ‘[a]s the global reach of social and political movements increases through technological and information networks, and as the pressures of international trade and markets begin to impinge significantly on the national economies leading to a fragmentation and repositioning of nation-states, the relationship between local struggles, social movements and the national state is being constantly reshaped’ (Rai

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specific issues that may come about among specialized state bodies and the women’s movement relieve the state of the responsibility to give an accounting of its activities to a citizen’s movement? Does the lack of differentiation between the two work in favour of or hold back citizen efforts in demanding a full accounting from the national state machinery for women? These are some of the new questions which have arisen in the course of the women’s movement’s engagement with the state. Often, members of the women’s movement want to preserve their identity as actors on the

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