Tanja Petrovic

Tanja Petrovic works at the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana.

 

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Serbia’s Quest for a Usable Past

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“European Serbia” is ideologically construed through revisionist and relativizing discourses, through contested and problematic commemorative practices characterized by a denial of historical responsibility. In this respect, Serbia’s “Europeanization” differs little from what we have witnessed in other Eastern European societies. In Serbia, a society that has never made a radical break with the politics of Slobodan Miloševic, there is a strong consensus over the priority of EU integration. Post-Miloševic Serbia is a society advancing on “its way to Europe”, but also one where the nationalist ideas of the 1990s still flourish. These contradictions are not only a reflection of the uneasiness with which Serbs deal with the burden of their past. It is also a symptom of broader processes that exceed the particular Serbian context and reflect contemporary European anxieties about identity, the past and the future.
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