Slavica Helsingiensia ISSN-L 0780-3281
ISSN 0780-3281 (Print)
ISSN 1799-5779 (Online)

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Slavica Helsingiensia 41

Balkan Encounters

Old and New Identities
in South-Eastern Europe

Edited by
Jouko Lindstedt and Max Wahlström

Helsinki 2012

Published by
Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki

Copyright © by the authors
ISBN 978-952-10-8538-3 (paperback)
ISBN 978-952-10-8539-0 (PDF)
ISSN-L 0780-3281, ISSN 0780-3281 (Print), ISSN 1799-5779 (Online)

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This book contains eight scholarly articles whose aim is to analyse the origins, maintenance, and changes of some of the ethnic, linguistic, and regional identities in South-Eastern Europe. Both majority and minority groups are discussed; the modern countries dealt with include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro. In addition to the main languages of the region, the articles discuss smaller languages and varieties such as Balkan Turkish, Pomak, and Romani, as well as Montenegrin, the newcomer among the Balkan standard languages. In these articles, South-Eastern Europe presents itself as a multifaceted and multilayered scene, where boundaries between different languages and ethnicities, or indeed borders between countries, are much less ancient and much less permanent than they are often conceived.


  • Editors' Foreword 5 [PDF]
  • Evangelia Adamou
    Social Networks in Greek Thrace: Language Shift and Language Maintenance 7 [PDF]
  • Željko Jozić
    Linguistic (Un)reality in Contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina 33 [PDF]
  • Kira Kaurinkoski
    The Muslim Communities in Kos and Rhodes: Reflections on Social Organization and Collective Identities in Contemporary Greece 47 [PDF]
  • Jaakko Kölhi
    Language and Identity in Montenegro: A Study among University Students 79 [PDF]
  • Jouko Lindstedt
    When in the Balkans, Do as the Romans Do—Or Why the Present is the Wrong Key to the Past 107 [PDF]
  • Tanja Tamminen
    Re-Establishing Cross-Border Cooperation Between Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania:
    The Balkans Peace Park and Local Ownership 125 [PDF]
  • Johanna Virkkula
    Muslim Names the Bosnian Way 153 [PDF]
  • Max Wahlström
    Greek Cultural Influence on the Bulgarian National Revival: The Case of Petăr Beron's "Fish Primer" (1824) 169 [PDF]