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The last Yugoslavs: ethnic diversity, national identity and civil war

Kukic, Leonard (2019) The last Yugoslavs: ethnic diversity, national identity and civil war. Economic History Working Papers (300). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Nation-building is often proposed as a device for integration and conflict reduction in ethnically divided societies. This paper analyses the role of interethnic contact in the process of nation formation within the unique historical setting of the multi-ethnic Yugoslavia. Using historical border changes as a proxy for exogenous population movements that influenced ethnic diversity, I find that interethnic contact stimulated the formation of the Yugoslav national identity. In addition, aligned with the notion that nation formation can reduce the incidence of ethnic conflict, I find that areas with more self-declared Yugoslavs experienced a lower intensity of conflict during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, and Regulation > N40 - General, International, or Comparative
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Social Norms and Social Capital; Social Networks
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O10 - General
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2019 10:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:17

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