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Serbian Dreambook : National Imaginary in the Time of Milosevi, Paperback / softback Book

Serbian Dreambook : National Imaginary in the Time of Milosevi Paperback / softback


The central role that the regime of Slobodan Milosevi played in the bloody dissolution of Yugoslavia is well known, but Marko ivkovi explores another side of this time period: the stories people in Serbia were telling themselves (and others) about themselves. ivkovi traces the recurring themes, scripts, and narratives that permeated public discourse in Milosevi's Serbia, as Serbs described themselves as Gypsies or Jews, violent highlanders or peaceful lowlanders, and invoked their own mythologized defeat at the Battle of Kosovo.

The author investigates national narratives, the use of tradition for political purposes, and local idioms, paying special attention to the often bizarre and outlandish tropes people employed to make sense of their social reality.

He suggests that the enchantments of political life under Milosevi may be fruitfully seen as a dreambook of Serbian national imaginary.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780253223067

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