Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory by Maria Todorova

By Maria Todorova

Balkan Identities brings jointly historians, anthropologists, and literary students all operating lower than the shared conviction that the single method to triumph over historical past is to in detail realize it. The individuals of Balkan Identities specialise in old reminiscence, collective nationwide reminiscence, and the political manipulation of nationwide identities. They refine our knowing of reminiscence and identification typically and discover and examine the importance of specific manifestations of Balkan nationwide identities and nationwide stories within the region.

The essays in Balkan Identities grapple with 3 significant difficulties: the development of ancient reminiscence, websites of nationwide reminiscence, and the mobilization of nationwide identities. whereas so much essays specialise in a unmarried nation (e.g. Croatia, Romania, Turkey, Cyprus, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia), they're in discussion with one another and percentage an competition to inflexible isolationist identities.

Illuminating and tough, Balkan Identities demonstrates the ever-changing nature of a and culturally shiny region.

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European capitals may have deeper collections of architectural masterpieces. But only in Shanghai can you see unfettered 21st-century ambition facing off as dramatically against the early twentieth-century vision. It’s like getting to watch Stanford White debate Rem Koolhaas. In China. With a drink in your hand. 50 What is Hawthorne actually doing at the New Heights restaurant? The drink, or the act of consuming extravagance, seemingly logs Hawthorne into the collective memory of the Shanghai of the 1920s and ’30s – the previous era of reign and plenty for Shanghai.

This official city image carries components of, and shares some affinity with, the second spatial realm of the urban landscape, the collective memory of the city, which has durability and is connected to a certain location, but which is also bound to particular groups and particular interests. De Certeau argues that apart from the univocal and totalitarian concept city, memory and legend are crucial for cities: cities are uninhabitable without their legends. It is thus necessary to search for the collective memory of the city in order to grasp how this space becomes meaningful.

Xintiandi is designed as a landmark that 13 Mike Crang, “Rhythms of the City: Temporalised Space and Motion”, in TimeSpace: Geographies of Temporality, eds Jon May and Nigel Thrift, London, 2001, 192. 14 Bronislaw Szerszynski and John Urry, “Visuality, Mobility and the Cosmopolitan: Inhabiting the World from Afar”, British Journal of Sociology, LVII/1 (February 2006), 114-15. 38 Amanda Lagerkvist encapsulates the City’s past, present and future. Its old Shikumen houses were given a breath of new life after the interiors were remodeled to meet the needs of modern lifestyle.

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