Conflicting Loyalties in the Balkans The Great Powers, the Ottoman Empire and Nation-Building

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-15
  • Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
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The collapse of the Ottoman Empire resulted in the birth of new nation states in the Balkans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Conflicting Loyalties in the Balkansexplores the effects of the Ottoman reform era upon Balkan societies in order to shed much-needed light on the history of this region during the early nation-state period. Focusing on developments which go beyond the over-researched dimension of political or elite discourse, this book offers insights into the complex ways in which Balkan societies were transformed from different regional viewpoints -- focusing on the interplay between Great Power politics, state reforms and social dynamics on the ground. A thorough investigation of the conflicting loyalties which has shaped the political framework of the post-Ottoman Balkans, this is an important and fascinating insight into the logic and contradictions of daily life in a crucial period of Balkan and Ottoman history.

Author Biography

Hannes Grandits is Senior Lecturer in Southeast European History at the Karl Franzen University of Graz and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Eastern and Southeastern History at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Nathalie Clayer is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris (CNRS).

Robert Picher is Senior Lecturer in Southeast European History at the Karl Franzen University of Graz.

Table of Contents

Introduction * Janus-Faced Europeanisation * Vagrants, Prostitutes and Bosnians: Making and Unmaking European Supremecy in Ottoman Southeast Europe -- Malte Furhmann * Schools for the Descruction of Society: School Propaganda in Bitola 1860-1912 -- Bernard Lory * Amateurs as Nation Builders? The Significance of Associations for the fomration and Nationalisation of Greek Society in the Nineteenth Century -- Ioannis Zelepos * Ambiguous Actors, Conflicting Strategies * The Dimensions of Confessionalisation in the Ottoman Balkans at the Time of Nationalisms -- Nathalie Clayer * Violent Social Disintegration: A Nation-Building Strategy in Late-Ottoman Herzegovina -- Hannes Grandits * In the Service of the Sultan, in the Service of the Revolution: Local Bulgarian Notables in the 1870s -- Alexander Vezenkov * Refrained Loyalties * The Mobilisation of the Ottoman Jewish Population during the Balkan Wars (1912-3) -- Eyal Ginio * Catholic Albanian Warriors for the Sultan in Late-Ottoman Kosovo -- Eva Anne Frantz * Elite Projects, Divergent Realities * Mission, Power and Violence: Serbia's National Turn -- Natasa Miskovic * Nationalism at (Symbolic) Work: Social Disintegration and the National Turn in Melnik and Stanimaka -- Galia Valtchinova * Conclusion

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