Saviours of the Nation: Serbia's Intellectual Opposition and the Revival of Nationalism

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Oct 9, 2002 - Political Science - 300 pages
Jasna Dragovi -Soso asks why this strong and apparently democratic opposition movement subsequently turned towards an extreme form of nationalism and had by the end of the 1980s accepted Miloševi 's undemocratic policies. Based on the author's extensive primary source research and interviews with key protagonists, Saviours of the Nation examines both the causes and the consequences of the opposition's transformation into a nationalist force. Highlighting the role of historical context, it argues that three main factors contributed to the intellectuals' elaboration of a radical nationalist ideology: abandonment of cultural "Yugoslavism" in conjunction with the post-Tito crisis of the state, difficulties in solving the thorny "Kosovo question," and relationships between the dissidents and their Slovenian counterparts. Soso also includes a thorough analysis of the "Memorandum" of the Serbian Academy and the intellectuals' relations with Miloševi . She argues that the intellectual opposition's search for Serbian statehood at any price undermined its ability to present a convincing political alternative, allowing the regime to overcome its crisis of legitimacy and continue its reckless and belligerent policies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Forging of Serbias Intellectual Opposition
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2 The Outburst of History and the New Serbian Nationalism
64
Intellectuals and Kosovo 19858
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National Interests in Conflict 19808
162
5 The Victory of National Homogenisation 198891
206
Conclusion
254
Bibliography
261
Index
287
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School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

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