9780199213917

Taming Balkan Nationalism The Habsburg 'Civilizing Mission' in Bosnia 1878-1914

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    9780199213917

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    0199213917

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Concentrating on the politics of the Habsburg Monarchy's self-proclaimed 'cultural mission' in occupied Bosnia in the period from 1878 to the outbreak of war in 1914, Taming Balkan Nationalism addresses two related issues: the impact of 'Europeanization' in a backward society and thecrystallization of the identities which have since dominated Bosnian life. On the basis of wide reading in the Austrian, Hungarian, and south Slav sources, including the Hungarian-language papers of the two leading administrators of Bosnia, Benjamin von Kallay and Istvan Burian, Robin Okey provides fresh and wide-ranging perspectives on a whole range of issues, includingthe 'Orientalist' assumptions of Austrian policy, the struggle of administrators for the moral high ground with nascent Serb and Croat intelligentsias, Kallay's controversial policy of the 'Bosnian nation', and the strategy and personality of the intriguing Burian. He also opens up the hithertounexplored background to student terrorism in the secondary schools of pre-1914 Bosnia, from which the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was to emerge.Beyond this immediate historical context, the book also sheds much light on wider issues such as the construction of Serb and Croat nationhood in Bosnia, the beginnings of the Europeanization of Bosnian Muslims, and the new divisions created by the rapid pace of social, economic, and intellectualchange as the nineteenth turned into the twentieth century.

Author Biography


Robin Okey is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and has published widely on Habsburg, Balkan, and east European history.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Mapsp. xv
Background to a Mission: Pre-Austrian Bosnia and the Powersp. 1
Stuttering into Gearp. 26
The Nature of the Kallay Regimep. 55
Kallay and the Serbsp. 74
Kallay and the Muslimsp. 92
Kallay and the Croatsp. 109
The Crisis of the Kallay Regimep. 123
Towards Constitutionalism, 1903-10: Divergent Visionsp. 144
A Public Reckoning: Cultural Policy in the Bosnian Dietp. 176
An Unofficial Reckoning: The Student Movementp. 193
On the Eve of War: A Balance Sheetp. 217
Review and Epiloguep. 251
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 318
Indexp. 339
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