Past and Present of Cultural Pluralism in the Balkans: Richness and Threats

Marija Djurdjevic

Member of the Research Group in Social Anthropology (GAS), Universitat Rovira i Virgili

The Balkans are renowned for poor management of diversity rather than for the peaceful coexistence of its peoples, although both form part of its history. The Balkan Peninsula is usually presented as a frontier and a demarcation line of different traditions – Catholicism, Christian Orthodoxy and Islam – and also as an area of a problematic interrelation of different ethnic groups and peoples of Slavic, Latin, Finno-Ugric, Greek and Turkish origin. Yet, this mixture of races and beliefs, qualified by many as “explosive”, has emerged throughout history as quite a homogenous modus vivendi.

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