Stories of war in the Balkans and Caucasus

Cerwyn Moore

in Contemporary Violence

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719075995
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702697 | DOI:
Stories of war in the Balkans and Caucasus

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This chapter discusses the enemification—or the cultural construction of an enemy—and its location within a wider body of work on colonialism and post-colonialism. It addresses the argument that stories play an important role overlapping the gap between culture and politics. The next section discusses the issue of heroic stories that are grounded in myths, which helped create a narrative of resistance in Kosovo and Chechnya and polarise the Serbian and Russian sense of collective identity. This chapter also reviews ideas of narrative and plot, and reviews these ideas in relation to culture and empire in Russia.

Keywords: enemification; cultural construction; culture and politics; heroic stories; narrative of resistance; collective identity; narrative and plot

Chapter.  8164 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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