One must agree with Georges Sorel that political myths have a long and durable life. For 74 years the Yugoslav state drew its legitimacy from the spirit of Versailles and Yalta, as well as from the Serb-inspired pan-Slavic mythology. By carefully manipulating the history of their constituent peoples while glorifying their own, Yugoslav leaders managed to convince the world that Yugoslavia was a “model multiethnic state.” Many global-minded pundits in the West followed suit and made a nice career preaching the virtues of the Yugoslav multi-ethnic pot. By tirelessly vaunting the Yugoslav model, scores of starry-eyed Western academics gave, both pedagogically and psychologically, additional legitimacy to artificial Yugoslavia. Continue reading “The Yugoslav Mythology: A Multicultural Pathology (August 1993 ~ Chronicles)”
Les récentes manifestations politiques et intellectuelles de l’opposition serbe à Belgrade, dirigées contre le président Slobodan Milosevic, sont fort louables, mais elles viennent un peu tard.
L’Académie serbe des sciences et des arts, présentée comme l’un des principaux initiateurs de ces manifestations, a un passé peu glorieux. Continue reading “Les bourreaux nationalistes des Balkans (Jeudi 30 Juillet 1992 ~ Le Monde)”
Since 1980, the year of President Tito’s death, Yugoslavia has been edging toward a political, economic and ideological crisis. Until last year, the Communist League had been able to achieve a semblance of stability by repeatedly reassuring its disgruntled citizens that “next year it will be better.” But the ongoing deterioration of the Yugoslav economy and the continuing ethnic ferment has finally made the party hard-liners realize that the survival of the country depends on urgent political and economic overhaul. Continue reading “Wall Street Journal August 26-27, 1988 ~ Yugoslav Solution: Ethnic Questions Should Come First”