Twentieth-century Southeastern Europe endured three, separate decades of international and civil war, and was marred in forced migration and wrenching systematic changes. A cohort of young scholars with backgrounds in history, anthropology, political science, and comparative literature were brought together to examine and reappraise this tumultuous century. Guided by renowned editors, they drew on transnational approaches that extended beyond their own country's histories. The studies invite attention to fascism, socialism, and liberalism as well as nationalism and Communism, and focus on the remembrance of such conflicts in shaping today's ideology and national identity.
John Lampe works as Professor at the Department of History of the University of Maryland; Mark Mazower is Professor at the School of History of Birkbeck College, London University.
Introduction; Reconnecting the 20th Century Histories of Southeastern Europe; Chapter I. Charisma, Religion and Ideology: Romania's Interwar Legion of the Archangel Michael; Chapter II. 'We Were Defending the State': Nationalism, Myth, and Memory in 20th century Croatia; Chapter III. Young, Religious and Radical: The Croat Catholic Youth Organizations 1922 - 1945; Chapter IV. Common Heroes, Divided Claims. IMRO between Macedonia and Bulgaria; Chapter V. How to Use a Classic: Petar Petroviae Njego' in the 20th Century; Chapter VI. 'The Happy Child' as the Icon of Socialist Transformation: Yugoslavia's Pioneer Organization; Chapter VII. Popular Culture and Communist Ideology: Folk Epics in Tito's Yugoslavia; Chapter VIII. Sounds and Noise in Socialist Bulgaria; Chapter IX. Greater Albania: The Albanian State and the Question of Kosovo, 1912 - 2001; Chapter X. Struggling with Yugoslavism: Dilemmas of Interwar Serb Political Thought; Chapter XI. Communist Yugoslavia and Its 'Others' Contributors Index