Balkan Idols: Religion and Nationalism in Yugoslav States by Vjekoslav Perica

By Vjekoslav Perica

Reporting from the heartland of Yugoslavia within the Nineteen Seventies, Washington publish correspondent Dusko Doder defined "a panorama of Gothic spires, Islamic mosques, and Byzantine domes." 1 / 4 century later, this panorama lay in ruins. as well as claiming tens of millions of lives, the previous Yugoslavia's 4 wars ravaged over 1000 non secular structures, many purposefully destroyed by means of Serbs, Albanians, and Croats alike, supplying an apt architectural metaphor for the region's fresh history.

Rarely has the human impulse towards monocausality--the desire for a unmarried explanation--been in better facts than in Western makes an attempt to make feel of the country's bloody dissolution. From Robert Kaplan's arguable Balkan Ghosts, which pointed out entrenched ethnic hatreds because the driver at the back of Yugoslavia's dying to NATO's dogged pursuit and arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the hunt for simple solutions has often served to vague the Balkans' complicated background. possibly so much strangely, no e-book has centred explicitly at the position faith has performed within the conflicts that proceed to torment southeastern Europe.

Based on a variety of South Slav assets and formerly unpublished, usually exclusive files from communist nation information, in addition to at the author's personal on-the-ground adventure, Balkan Idols explores the political function and impact of Serbian Orthodox, Croatian Catholic, and Yugoslav Muslim spiritual enterprises over the process the final century. Vjekoslav Perica emphatically rejects the thought "clash of civilizations" has performed a crucial function in fomenting aggression. He reveals no compelling facts of an upsurge in non secular fervor one of the normal inhabitants. relatively, he concludes, the first spiritual gamers within the conflicts were activist clergy. This activism, Perica argues, allowed the clergy to imagine political strength with no the accountablity confronted by means of democratically-elected officials.

What emerges from Perica's account is a deeply nuanced realizing of the background and stricken way forward for considered one of Europes such a lot unstable regions.

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