By David Bruce Macdonald
Balkan Holocausts? compares and contrasts Serbian and Croatian propaganda from 1986 to 1999, studying each one group's modern interpretations of background and present occasions. It bargains a close dialogue of holocaust imagery and the background of victim-centered writing in nationalism idea, together with the hyperlinks among the comparative genocide debate, the so-called holocaust undefined, and Serbian and Croatian nationalism. No reviews on Yugoslavia have to date dedicated major area to such research.
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41. Ibid. p. 331. Ibid. p. 339. Ibid. p. 340. Tom Nairn, Faces of Nationalism: Janus Revisited (London: Verso, 1997) p. 71. Smith, Nationalism and Modernism, pp. 38–9. g. men becoming builders by building and lyre-players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics)1 Where once it was said that the life of Jews would be ‘a light unto nations’ – the bearer of universal lessons – now it is the ‘darkness unto nations’ of the death of Jews that is said to carry universal lessons .
Every myth is a story of death and rebirth, of an end or eschatos [sic; sc. ’20 Events in the past or present fit into a complex paradigm by which the world is viewed, thus claiming significance far beyond their present-day reality. 21 Dusˇan Kecˇmanovic´ has similarly discussed what he terms a ‘watershed’, or the ‘theme of the right moment’ in the life of a nation or group. ’22 Thus a nation that is partially destroyed or suppressed by a Fall may reawaken when the time is right. Of course in most cases the national leader, and not ‘History’ as such, determines when this period of national renaissance will begin.
17 What emerges from a reading of Frye is the importance of a strict teleology in Biblical narratives, the axiomatic link between Fall and Redemption, imparting hope in the midst of hardship. Equally important is the constant battle between positive and negative forces. The Hebrews as the divine elect were constantly delivered when negative forces plotted their destruction. Resulting from such a narrative was the self-perception of a righteous and progressive nation, fighting against negative forces throughout history, in a continuous battle between good and evil.