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Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe

Stefano Bianchini

This timely book offers an in-depth exploration of state partitions and the history of nationalism in Europe from the Enlightenment onwards. Stefano Bianchini compares traditional national democratic development to the growing transnational demands of representation with a focus on transnational mobility and empathy versus national localism against the EU project. In an era of multilevel identity, global economic and asylum seeker crises, nationalism is becoming more liquid which in turn strengthens the attractiveness of ‘ethnic purity’ and partitions, affects state stability, and the nature of national democracy in Europe. The result may be exposure to the risk of new wars, rather than enhanced guarantees of peace.
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Chapter 10: The lessons not learned from the Yugoslav dismemberment

Stefano Bianchini


This provocative chapter focuses on three main lessons not learned from the Yugoslav collapse by the Western societies. In effect, a prolonged economic crisis and an ineffective governance in multinational and intercultural society may trigger unexpected partition effects, especially when policy makers begin to mobilize passions and popular support against shared institutions and the “other”, identified as those mainly responsible for the societal difficulties. This was the mechanism that led Yugoslavia to partition and war. But similar mechanisms are already in place within the EU and within some of member-states.

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