Entangled Histories of the Balkans - Volume Four

Concepts, Approaches, and (Self-)Representations


The present volume is the last in the Entangled Balkans series and marks the end of several years of research guided by the transnational, “entangled history” and histoire croisée approaches. The essays in this volume address theoretical and methodological issues of Balkan or Southeast European regional studies—not only questions of scholarly concepts, definitions, and approaches but also the extra-scholarly, ideological, political, and geopolitical motivations that underpin them. These issues are treated more systematically and by a presentation of their historical evolution in various national traditions and schools. Some of the essays deal with the articulation of certain forms of “Balkan heritage” in relation to the geographical spread and especially the cultural definition of the “Balkan area.” Concepts and definitions of the Balkans are thus complemented by (self-)representations that reflect on their cultural foundations.
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Biographical Note

Roumen Daskalov is professor of modern history at the New Bulgarian University and at the Central European University. He is the author of nine books, most recently Debating the Past: Modern Bulgarian History from Stambolov to Zhivkov (Budapest: CEU Press, 2011).

Diana Mishkova is associate professor in modern and contemporary Balkan history. Between 1988 and 2005 she taught at Sofia University. Since 2000 she has been the director of the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia. She has published on comparative nineteenth-century Balkan history, the history of nationalism, and the comparative modernization of Balkan societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Tchavdar Marinov received his PhD in history and civilizations from École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in 2006. He is the author of The Macedonian Question from 1944 to the Present: Communism and Nationalism in the Balkans (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2010) (in French). He has written several articles, most notably on the history and historiography of the Macedonian question, as well as on the construction of cultural heritage and the invention of national architecture in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov is a freelance scholar based in Sofia. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century urban history and the institutional history of the communist regimes, as well as various aspects of the Tanzimat period in the Ottoman Empire. He is the author of the book The Power Structures of the Bulgarian Communist Party, 1944–1989 (Sofia: Ciela, 2008) [in Bulgarian].

Table of contents

Notes on Transliteration
Notes on Contributors

The Balkans: Region and Beyond
Roumen Daskalov

The Concept of the Balkans/Southeastern Europe
Diana Mishkova

Space and Communications in the Balkans
Alexander Vezenkov

Time and Timekeeping in the Balkans: Representations and Realities
Andreas Lyberatos

An “Alsace-Lorraine of the Balkans:” Historians, Public Diplomacy, and the Romanian-Bulgarian Dispute over Dobrogea
Constantin Iordachi

The Search for National Architectural Styles in Serbia, Romania, and Bulgara during the second half of the 19-the Century and the First Decades of the 20-th Century
Ada Haidu

The “Balkan House”: Interpretations and Symbolic Appropriations of the Ottoman-Era Vernacular Architecture in the Balkans
Tchavdar Marinov

Block № 18, Auschwitz
Rossitza Guentcheva



All those interested in the modern history of the Balkans, the methodological approaches to the region, the development of Balkan studies, and Balkan architectural styles.


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