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Dimitrije Mitrinovic : chameleon, good European, and exiled Yugoslavist Page, David Graham

Abstract

This present work is an assessment of the life and thought of Dimitrije Mitrinovic (1887-1953) during his formative years, from his childhood through to 1920, when he resigned from the service of the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes. His Yugoslavism has yet to be adequately contextualized, at least in the literature accessible to English language readers; Chapter 1 of the present work begins to fill this gap. Mitrinovic's struggle against the Hapsburg domination of the South Slavs is the subject of Chapter 2, in which the influence on Mitrinovic of T. G. Masaryk's thought is detailed. The focus in Chapter 3 is on Mitrinovic's attempt to organize a movement for European unity whilst the continent staggered on the brink of the First World War. The theoretical literature on balkanism is taken as the point of departure in Chapter 4, in which Mitrinovic's ambivalent attitude to balkanist discourse is subjected to scrutiny.

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