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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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Nationalization and Its Discontents

Nationalization and Its Discontents

(p.90) Chapter Three Nationalization and Its Discontents
Whose Bosnia?

Edin Hajdarpasic

Cornell University Press

This chapter talks about the impact of the Serbian nationalizing mission in Bosnia. It examines the anxieties caused by the nation-formation process, particularly as it concerned the possibility of nationalizing Bosnian Muslims, as well as the disappointments that this project continually produced. National activists supported two complementary visions of “the people” (narod). On the one hand, the people were the embodiment of the nation-state and the object of the activists’ mobilization efforts. As such, the people already possessed the necessary attributes to become full-fledged nationals. On the other hand, however, national activists also perceived the people as incapable of understanding the institutional projects that they were supposed to carry out. The people seemed to lack certain qualities, specifically consciousness and organizational ability, that prevented them from realizing their national potential.

Keywords:   Serbian nationalizing, Bosnia, Bosnian Muslims, narod, national activists, mobilization, consciousness, organizational ability

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