Whose Bosnia?: Nationalism and Political Imagination in the Balkans, 1840-1914 (Hajdarpasic Edin)(Paperback)

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As the site of the assassination that triggered World War I and the place where the term "ethnic cleansing" was invented during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, Bosnia has become a global symbol of nationalist conflict and ethnic division. But as Edin Hajdarpasic shows, formative contestations over the region began well before 1914, emerging with the rise of new nineteenth-century forces--Serbian and Croatian nationalisms as well as Ottoman, Habsburg, Muslim, and Yugoslav political movements--that claimed this province as their own. Whose Bosnia? reveals the political pressures and moral arguments that made this land a prime target of escalating nationalist activity.To explain the remarkable proliferation of national movements since the nineteenth century, Hajdarpasic draws on a vast range of sources--records of secret societies, imperial surveillance files, poetry,