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Interwar southeastern europe confronts the west

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This piece examines the reaction to modernism or Europeanization of an important segment of the intellectual elite in southeastern Europe in the period between the two world wars. The Romanian Emil Cioran, the Bulgarian Yanko Yanev, and the Serb Justin Popovic represented broader currents of opinion in their respective countries on the crucial issues of national identity and paths of development. But each approached the challenges that Europe posed in highly individual ways. Whatever their response may have been - approval or rejection - they were certain that they could ignore Europe only at their peril.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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