Although separate national identities did not fade away under Yugoslavia, something that could be called a common Yugoslav culture existed too. Historians of the two Yugoslavias have questioned what that might actually have been: how, for instance, did culture under Tito blend some or all of Yugoslavia’s ethnonational cultures together while preserving their distinctiveness? Were any particular national movements unduly strengthened or weakened by royalist or socialist Yugoslavia’s cultural policies? Did everyone in Yugoslavia have equal access to participating in a shared Yugoslav culture, whatever that might have been? Were the most meaningful forms of Yugoslav culture in everyday life the same as the forms most often promoted officially? While answers would differ from period to period, the questions would still have been meaningful at any point until Yugoslavia was destroyed. Yet the Yugoslav wars, with their logic of ethnic separation, implied Yugoslavia fragmenting as a common cultural space, not just a political entity.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
To get access to this content you need the following product:
- Culture and Language During and After the Wars
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number
- Chapter number