The Balkan Prospect Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece after 1989

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book views the fall of the Iron Curtain and its significance from the perspective of Greece, which, in 1989, was alone among nations to be both in 'the European family' and tied to western structures but also a Balkan nation. In 1989, the borders hitherto separating Greek culture and society from its contiguous Balkan polities came down, and Greeks had to reorient themselves toward their immediate neighbors and redefine their place in Europe and in a new, more fluid world order. Projecting the political foresight and mustering the modernizing policies to succeed in such an undertaking would be no small feat. For Greece's relation with Balkans had been marked by conflict in the first half of the twentieth century and had lain dormant behind the Iron Curtain during the second half. Nor was this an end in itself, for it could not be pursued in isolation from the larger historical conjuncture. Since, for a prolonged 'historical moment,' Greece and Europe were effectively held hostage to events in the Balkans; at a moment, ironically enough, when both intended to serve as the region's welcoming hosts.

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Table of Contents

The Balkan Prospect in the New EuropeThis Is the Balkans, This Is No Fun and GamesNames, DifferencesRepetition, AgencyBridges, MetaphorsLimits, Co-ExistenceMigrations, ProspectsBack to the Balkans

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