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Taming Balkan Nationalism: The Habsburg Civilizing Mission in Bosnia 1878-1914 Robin Okey

Taming Balkan Nationalism: The Habsburg Civilizing Mission in Bosnia 1878-1914

Robin Okey

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781281149275
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346 pages
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Concentrating on the politics of the Habsburg Monarchys self-proclaimed cultural mission in occupied Bosnia in the period from 1878 to the outbreak of war in 1914, Taming Balkan Nationalism addresses two related issues: the impact ofMoreConcentrating on the politics of the Habsburg Monarchys self-proclaimed cultural mission in occupied Bosnia in the period from 1878 to the outbreak of war in 1914, Taming Balkan Nationalism addresses two related issues: the impact of Europeanization in a backward society and the crystallization of the identities which have since dominated Bosnian life. On the basis of wide reading in the Austrian, Hungarian, and south Slav sources, including the Hungarian-language papers of the two leading administrators of Bosnia, Benjamin von Kállay and István Burián, Robin Okey provides fresh and wide-ranging perspectives on a whole range of issues, including the Orientalist assumptions of Austrian policy, the struggle of administrators for the moral high ground with nascent Serb and Croat intelligentsias, Kállays controversial policy of the Bosnian nation, and the strategy and personality of the intriguing Burián. He also opens up the hitherto unexplored background to student terrorism in the secondary schools of pre-1914 Bosnia, from which the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was to emerge.Beyond this immediate historical context, the book also sheds much light on wider issues such as the construction of Serb and Croat nationhood in Bosnia, the beginnings of the Europeanization of Bosnian Muslims, and the new divisions created by the rapid pace of social, economic, and intellectual change as the nineteenth turned into the twentieth century.