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British Serbs and long distance nationalism

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This article explores long distance nationalism within the British Serbian community. Specifically, it focuses on the experience and identity of the children of the nationalist Serbs who fled Tito's Yugoslavia in 1945 and settled in Britain. The British Serbian community is a small one and the article does not make any great claims about its transnational political impact. But it does argue that the high level of national consciousness is best understood by reference to the term 'long distance nationalism'. The article looks at how a sense of being Serbian was acquired during childhood, a countervailing Yugoslav influence and the response to the nationalism and war of the last twelve years. The general finding is that a sense of the historic suffering but fortitude of the Serbs has given rise to strong support for the national cause. However, this response has been cut cross by a sense of loss of a society they had generally liked.
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Keywords: British Serbs; community; identity; long distance nationalism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Liverpool Hope University College

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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