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in The Historical Expertise Publication date 2021-05-06
MAJSOVA Natalija
HORVATINČIĆ Sanja
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As the Republic of Croatia is considered today to be the stronghold of anti-Yugoslav sentiments among (post)Yugoslav states, we look into the complexities and nuances of memory politics in this newest EU member state. Mainstream narratives are embedded in the national reconciliation policies and anti-communism emanating from Franjo Tudjman’s politics in the 1990s and the Homeland war. Through historical revisionism of World War Two and the role of Ustasha movement, they profoundly influence Croatian approaches to socialist heritage. Dr Sanja Horvatinčić further elucidates the key mnemonic actors in Croatia and how the destruction and the dereliction of the monuments from the socialist Yugoslavia have been an important element in Croatian nation-building, encouraged by “anti-totalitarian” European memory activism.

in The Historical Expertise Publication date 2021-05-06
MAJSOVA Natalija
ANASTASOVA Senka
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Having faced a veto by Bulgaria in its EU accession process for the third time, North Macedonia finds itself at the crossroads of various power interplays that are strongly embedded in memory politics. University Professor Dr. Senka Anastasova theorizes relations between history, historiography and narrative identities, and their ramifications in the context of memory politics. Specifically, she analyzes the memoryscape of North Macedonia, contextualizing the external pressures to North Macedonia’s EU accession process, implemented by EU member states Greece and Bulgaria. Reflecting on the importance of the socialist Yugoslav heritage of gender politics and Yugonostalgia, Anastasova outlines the numerous memory strategies used by the Macedonian political elites. In doing so, she accounts for the convergences and divergences between the two largest (Macedonian and Albanian) communities of North Macedonia. Her analysis of the project Skopje 2014, just one of the revisionist projects of the political elites, gives us an insight into the complicated memory struggles within and outside of North Macedonia.

in The Historical Expertise Publication date 2021-05-06
MAJSOVA Natalija
ĐUREINOVIĆ Jelena
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Since the 2000s, the Republic of Serbia has been marked by a surge in revisionist memory politics. Encouraged by EU memory narratives, which equate fascism and communism, revisionist memory politics in Serbia entails a rehabilitation of the Chetnik movement. In this interview, historian Dr Jelena Đureinović debunks the myths surrounding the memory battles in the public space in Serbia and analyzes the diverging memory narratives in the country and in the wider (post)Yugoslav region. Đureinović explains how the ethnicization and revisionism of memory and history have been reflected in the newly adopted legal frameworks, judicial processes, mainstream political discourses and in the overall memory efforts of the political elites, including the Serbian Orthodox Church. While memory battles involving heterogeneous voices in Serbia remain focused on World War Two, seemingly more pertinent issues, namely, the reconciliation with the war past of the 1990s, are effectively obfuscated.

in The Historical Expertise Publication date 2021-05-06
MAJSOVA Natalija
PALMBERGER Monika
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As Bosnia and Herzegovina remains a country institutionally-divided on an ethno-national basis between its three consitutuent peoples – Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs, top-down memory politics encourage these divisions. Using the still divided city of Mostar as an example, Dr. Monika Palmberger gives insight into the discursive tactics opposing hegemonic memory narratives, through a generational approach and focusing on the generation of the Last Yugoslavs, thus underlining the importance of studying the integrative potential of positive memories of the pre-war period.

in The Historical Expertise Edited by POPOVIC Milica, MAJSOVA Natalija Publication date 2021-05-06
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Yugoslavia as a state existed twice, once as a monarchy and once as a socialist republic. Different historical legacies, state regimes, cultural and religious heritage are woven into the region – there is a myriad of different political entities and also a plenitude of political and/or national/ethnic identities. The dissolution of the socialist republic, responsible for an advanced modernization of the country and an unprecedented development of the region, ensued during the crisis of the 1980s, and continued all the way into the violent wars of the 1990s. In January 1992, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia fell apart. The end of the Yugoslav state, however, did not feature the end of the Yugoslav idea or the end of Yugoslav memory. While all are marked by “political abuse of power and the deeply unjust privatization processes”, each of the seven republics of Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Kosovo, - reveals a particular memoryscape, abundant in internal battles, which sometimes converge and sometimes diverge, weaving a complex net of (post)Yugoslav memory.

in The Historical Expertise Publication date 2020-04
ĐUREINOVIĆ Jelena
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Since the 2000s, the Republic of Serbia has been marked by a surge in revisionist memory politics. Encouraged by EU memory narratives, which equate fascism and communism, revisionist memory politics in Serbia entails a rehabilitation of the Chetnik movement. In this interview, historian Dr Jelena Đureinović debunks the myths surrounding the memory battles in the public space in Serbia and analyzes the diverging memory narratives in the country and in the wider (post)Yugoslav region. Đureinović explains how the ethnicization and revisionism of memory and history have been reflected in the newly adopted legal frameworks, judicial processes, mainstream political discourses and in the overall memory efforts of the political elites, including the Serbian Orthodox Church. While memory battles involving heterogeneous voices in Serbia remain focused on World War Two, seemingly more pertinent issues, namely, the reconciliation with the war past of the 1990s, are effectively obfuscated.

in Southeast European and Black Sea Studies Publication date 2019-09
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Although the transitological approaches to post-socialist country reforms, which aim to simplify their realities, have been recently widely criticized; in-depth analyses of so-called democratization processes in post-Yugoslav states are still largely missing. Theodora Vetta’s book provides an important reflection of contemporary Serbia’s NGO and international aid scene, making a significant contribution to understanding Serbian society and the restructuring state processes that took place since the 2000s. Vetta shows that in the neoliberal world democratization and reform policies lead to the recomposition of class structures but not necessarily to democracy, and as such, her book echoes beyond Serbia and the Balkans... Book review: "Democracy struggles. NGOs and the politics of aid in Serbia" by Theodora Vetta, New York, Berghahn Books, 2018, 240 pp. (hardback), ISBN 978-1-78920-099-7.

in Europa. Un'utopia in costruzione Publication date 2019-03
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Vol. III Europe, Section 2 Nations and borders, Enciclopedia Italiana.

in Jugoslawien Publication date 2018-11
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Über welches Jugoslawien sprechen wir überhaupt? Es existierten zwei solche Staatengebilde. Das Königreich der Serben, Kroaten und Slowenen entstand 1918 und wurde 1929 in Königreich Jugoslawien umbenannt. 1943 wurde das Demokratische Föderative Jugoslawien/die Föderative Volksrepublik Jugoslawien gegründet, beziehungsweise ab 1963 die Sozialistische Föderative Republik Jugoslawien. Aber, Jugoslawien ist nicht nur der Name dieser Staatengebilde, international anerkannter Grenzen irgendwelcher imaginärer Gemeinschaften erdachter Traditionen, noch ist er die Antithese zu geschickt aufgenötigten ethno-nationalistischen Identitäten, die dem Zerfall des Staates dienten.

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« Nous vous avons construit des villes » : les contradictions du socialisme en Yougoslavie Une fois n’est pas coutume, une exposition à Belgrade rend hommage de façon intelligente à la Yougoslavie socialiste et à son projet émancipateur, sans passer pour autant sous silence les nombreux dysfonctionnements du système. De quoi tirer les leçons d’un échec et ouvrir l’horizon à un indispensable espace de dialogue régional.

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