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Balkan Idols

Perica, Vjekoslav. Balkan Idols: Religion and Nationalism in Yugoslav States. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

The Past Within Us

Morris-Suzuki, Tessa. The Past Within Us: Media, Memory, History. London: Verso, 2005.

“It will end in a fog…”

I think that the picture of Yugoslavia, of the life in it, and what kind of country it was will be less and less clear as more and more time passes since its breakup.

On Longing

Stewart, Susan. On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1993.

“The past is never dead…”

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

The Kitschification of Communist Material Culture

Fischer, Lisa Pope. Symbolic Traces of Communist Legacy in Post-Communist Hungary: Experiences of a Generation that Lived During the Socialist Era. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Notes on Užice

[This is a running post, updated with new notes as needed.]

Notes on Kragujevac

[This is a running post, updated with new notes as needed.]

Notes on Jajce

[This is a running post, updated with new notes as needed.]

“The struggle of man…”

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

The Yugoslav Drama

Crnobrnja, Mihailo. The Yugoslav Drama. 2nd edition. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994.

Yugoslavia Dismembered

Samary, Catherine. Yugoslavia Dismembered. Translated from the French by Peter Drucker. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1995.

Tito in Street Names Across Former Yugoslav Republics

The Italian researcher Giorgio Comai has created a map of streets and squares across the former Yugoslavia bearing Tito’s name.

Post-Communist Nostalgia

Todorova, Maria, and Zsuzsa Gille, eds. Post-Communist Nostalgia. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.

“The thing I miss about communism…”

I was about 18 when these Changes happened. I studied hard in school and did all the things I was supposed to do. But it was for nothing.

Post-communist nostalgia as a special memory case

Todorova, Maria. “Daring to remember Bulgaria, pre-1989.” The Guardian, 9 November 2009.

Remembrance of Things Past

Proust, Michael. Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1. 1913.

“There is no greater sorrow…”

In the tragedy Medea (431 BC), Euripides describes the protagonist’s feeling about her exile.

How and what different generations remember

As I reviewed media coverage of Republic Day in Yugoslavia’s successor countries, I saw parallels with Slovakia in how different generations remember the former country.

A Politics of Sorrow

Ljubisic, Davorka. A Politics of Sorrow: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2004

“When I lost my country…”

In Tristia (“Sorrows,” approx. 8-17 AD), the poet Ovid laments his life in exile from Rome (the exile itself may or may not have actually happened). One of the verses describes the pain of losing his country.

Welcome to Remembering Yugoslavia

Remembering Yugoslavia: Memories of a Disappeared Country explores how citizens of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo remember the former Yugoslavia.

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