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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

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

Edin Hajdarpasic

Cornell University Press

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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