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Balkanization as Formative Experience

Luis Roniger

in Transnational Politics in Central America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036632
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036632.003.0004
Balkanization as Formative Experience

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The short-lived attempt at the political unification of the early nineteenth century, which was followed by balkanization, is analyzed in this chapter, which portrays these as formative experiences that continued to inform the minds and political projects of the isthmus in later times. In this text, it is asserted that as separate states were constructed, they were not able to disengage completely from one another, thus projecting a peculiar trans-state and transnational dynamics through generations. The early nineteenth century witnessed developments of long-lasting effects in the region: i.e. the short-lived attempt of political unification followed by balkanization. These developments would turn into a formative experience, continuing to affect the historical memory and political projects of the region in later times as these societies developed their distinctiveness while at the same time being unable to completely disengage themselves from the sister republics of the isthmus.

Keywords: political unification; nineteenth century; isthmus; political unification; balkanization

Chapter.  3958 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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