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Whose Bosnia?Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1914$
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Edin Hajdarpasic

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453717

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453717.001.0001

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The Land of the People

The Land of the People

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(p.18) Chapter One The Land of the People
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Whose Bosnia?
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Edin Hajdarpasic

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453717.003.0002

This chapter studies how folkloric pursuits in Bosnia and Herzegovina—often disregarded as a passing romantic stage of nationalism—were crucial to the self-fashioning of national activists. In central and eastern Europe, the production of folkloric and ethnographic studies has long been recognized as a quintessential “national science.” These pursuits enabled the activists to develop new ethnographic-populist practices and to outline the subject of their activity: the narod or “the people.” Prominent South Slavic activists—from folklorist Vuk Karadzic to local collectors like Ivan Franjo Jukic—recognized Bosnia-Herzegovina as “the land of the people,” and in the process, helped establish new practices of national self-fashioning. Along with folklore, Serbian and Croatian activists discovered in Bosnia another concern: the suffering of the Bosnian Christians under Turkish rule.

Keywords:   Bosnia, Herzegovina, romantic nationalism, folkloric pursuits, ethnographic studies, narod, South Slavic activists, Bosnian Christians

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