Politics, Ideology, and Tradition
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Sarajevo’s experience at the turn of the millennium is what unites the essays in this book. Whether their contents are presented in Vienna, Korbula, Cracow, Budapest, Warsaw, London, Verona, or Sarajevo, the same question always arises: the question of human relationships, of the contrast between confidence and the unknown variable of trust—that is, between the mediating effect ...
1. The Question
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2. Tolerance, Ideology, and Tradition
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The last few decades of the second Christian millennium have seen a widespread trend towards a heightened affirmation of religion in those areas of life, at both the individual and the social level, from which it seemed to have become detached in the West. This development, which has now become quite marked, must be seen in the context of long-term patterns of ...
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The Bosnia that can be said to be known is actually not Bosnia. This assertion, derived from ancient Eastern wisdom, is not mere rhetorical conjecture. It is a paradigm that simultaneously introduces and proffers responses to the paradoxes of the life and knowledge of Bosnia. The admission of ignorance is the highest form of knowledge. Discussing that which is known is mere “indulging ...
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The various external influences that have operated on Bosnia have, more often than not, been innately hostile: interpretations of Bosnian history have tended to be slanted or distorted by the constructions that these forces have placed on Bosnia’s history for their own purposes. Nevertheless, in its struggle for survival, Bosnia has endured: its present state reflects the numerous distortions ...
5. Europe’s “Others”
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A mere fifty years elapsed between the Holocaust and the genocide in Bosnia.1 As in most instances of manifestation of evil, here, too, evil is still present after its apparent withdrawal into the proffered oblivion instead of understanding. For most people today, the truth about the Holocaust seems to be just a figment of the prolific human imagination, rather than something that happened ...
6. The Extremes
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The turn of the second millennium in Europe was marked by the widespread killings, persecution, and destruction that took place in Bosnia. It may be that this is an anomalous occurrence in the temporal evolution of uninterrupted progress, as Francis Fukuyama saw it,1 but it is also an important milestone on the path of which the end is known to no one. Seen in the context of this ...
7. In Bosnia or Against It?
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The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina may be perceived as part of a wider process that also includes the break up of Yugoslavia. To this day no comprehensive model has been offered to interpret this process. Furthermore, what we see advocated and adopted are one-sided ideological interpretations that create an illusion of clarity of the process analyzed, but that are intended to ...
8. On the Self
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The deepest and most crucial layer of the Bosnian drama lies in individual selves. The discussions in these essays for the most part touch on different aspects of the outer forms of that drama. They are, however, reflections or manifestations of the inner contents. Understanding them presupposes answers to questions regarding the sources of selfhood in this part of the world and in ...
9. Whence and Whither?
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The aspiration to fulfillment can be met by building a structure that incorporates greater action or higher meaning. It can be met by linking one’s life to some higher reality or narrative. It can be either belonging, in terms of tradition, to those forms of imagination that are typical of premodern times, or embracing the autonomy of the self and its freedom of choice in fostering the ...
10. The Decline of Modernity
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The human self and the cosmos are two aspects of a single revelation—of the sovereignty of God. The revelation they offer is in no way conditional upon the capacity of the individual to receive and reflect this sovereignty. The causality of this chain of revelation descends from the highest link to the lowest: pure and absolute knowledge, the ineffable, is the alpha and omega of creation, the ...
11. Changing the State of Knowledge
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The future of Bosnia and Herzegovina is being defined by the currents of European unification. It has no option but to take part in this process, whether through force majeure or its own free will. Fighting against the currents that are irresistibly linking Europe into a single economic, monetary, political, and cultural community will only increase the need for solutions to be imposed ...
12. At the Turn of the Millennium
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Yugoslavia has been visibly disintegrating as a state for ten years now. In common with all such processes, it has brought to light a number of its constituent elements that were not previously evident. In addition, the changes have affected even those elements that used to be organically connected, revealing or suggesting various hidden aspects of individual and collective identities. ...
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Bosnia’s survival in the twentieth century vacillated between what appeared to be transient defeats and periods of consolidation. Its nature is determined by these extremes. Apparent defeats are accompanied by the repetition of killing and destruction, and reconsolidation by the rise and manifestation of the elements that humankind projects as its desired image. Thus, Bosnia becomes an ...
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Index of Names and Terms
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By the Same Author
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Page Count: 300
Publication Year: 2003