A Laboratory of Citizenship: Shifting Conceptions of Citizenship in Yugoslavia and its Successor States

Igor Stiks

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This paper focuses on shifting conceptions of citizenship in Yugoslavia, from its establishment in 1918 to its disintegration in 1991, and in its successor states from early 1990s to the present. It analysis the history of Yugoslavia and its successor states as an instructive and rare example of how citizenship can be used for different and even opposing goals: as a tool of national integration in the first Yugoslavia (1918-1941), as a tool of socialist re-unification after the failure of the previous national integration and the ensuing inter-ethnic conflicts (1945 to the mid-1960s), as a tool of cooperation among nations and their republics in a socialist multinational (con)federation (beginning in the late 1960s and continuing until 1990), as a tool of fragmentation and dissolution (1990-1991) and, finally, of ethnic engineering in Yugoslavia's successor state. It also shows that during the last decade citizenship was used both as a tool of reconciliation and of new divisions. It remains to be seen if the introduction of European citizenship, following the eventual EU integration of all of Yugoslavia's successor states, will be yet another experiment in a century-old Balkan laboratory of citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCITSEE
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameCITSEE Working Paper Series
PublisherCITSEE
No.02
Volume2010
ISSN (Electronic)2046-4096

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