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The Origins, Attributes, and Legacies of Paramilitary Violence in the Balkans

John Paul Newman

in War in Peace

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654918.003.0009

Series: The Greater War

The Origins, Attributes, and Legacies of Paramilitary Violence in the Balkans

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This chapter traces the continuities and discontinuities of paramilitary violence in the Balkans from the beginning of the twentieth century through to the immediate postwar period. It demonstrates that the importation of nationalism to the region in the nineteenth century created violent rivalries between various state and nation building projects. The years 1917–23 were a pivotal period in this history because they created a vacuum for nation-building on the ruins of Europe's collapsed land empires.

Keywords: Balkans; Yugoslavia; Serbs; Croats; nationalism; violence; nation-building

Chapter.  9083 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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