By David Bruce Macdonald
Balkan Holocausts? compares and contrasts Serbian and Croatian propaganda from 1986 to 1999, interpreting each one group's modern interpretations of heritage and present occasions. It bargains a close dialogue of holocaust imagery and the background of victim-centered writing in nationalism thought, together with the hyperlinks among the comparative genocide debate, the so-called holocaust undefined, and Serbian and Croatian nationalism. No experiences on Yugoslavia have up to now committed major area to such research.
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As he has explained: ‘the smaller the real difference between two peoples, the larger it was bound to loom in their imagination . . ’59 It would be hard to imagine a theory more diametrically opposed to that of Smith, although I should add that Ignatieff’s rather reductionist analysis seems to negate the idea that national cultures could have any real differences between them or any real elements of their past that might promote national pride. What these theorists share generally is a view of national identity that needs an other, an external enemy, to consolidate support for an exclusive ‘in group’.
For Smith, the Golden Age is the central component of nationalism and national identity. 34 Nationalists look to their ancient past for inspiration and self-love. 35 He has termed this ‘the myth of the historical renovation’, where 23 2441Chapter1 16/10/02 8:03 am Page 24 Balkan holocausts? 37 While this bears some similarity to myths of Covenant and renewal, the purely secular bent of Smith’s thinking, coupled with his aversion to any negative myths of identification, makes it somewhat different.
Batsford, 1967) pp. 25–8. Schöpflin, ‘The Functions of Myth and a Taxonomy of Myth’, p. 29. Ibid. pp. 29–30. Ibid. pp. 29–30. Ibid. pp. 30–1. Kecˇmanovic´, The Mass Psychology of Ethnonationalism, p. 61. Ibid. pp. 62–3. Ibid. p. 63. Ibid. pp. 63–4. Ibid. pp. 66–7. See Ernest Gellner, Thought and Change (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964) p. 168. A lengthy analysis is offered by Smith, Nationalism and Modernism, Chapter 2. Ibid. p. 168. Gellner, Nations and Nationalism, p. 56. John Breuilly, Nationalism and the State (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985) p.
Balkan holocausts?: Serbian and Croatian victim-centred propaganda and the war in Yugoslavia (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis) by David Bruce Macdonald