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Making Yugoslavs

Identity in King Aleksandar's Yugoslavia

Christian Axboe Nielsen uses extensive archival research to explain the failure of King Aleksandar’s dictatorship’s program of forced nationalization in the interwar era.

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NielsenChristian Axboe:

Christian Axboe Nielsen is an associate professor in the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University.


R.M. Hayden:

‘Yugoslav between the two world wars is a relatively under-researched topic, so this is an excellent addition to the scholarly literature.’

Nick Miller:

‘Making Yugoslavia is compelling read for specialists on Yugoslavia, interwar Europe, and national identity.’

John Paul Newman:

‘Nielsen’s fine book has significantly advanced the discussion of the interwar state of Yugoslav in the twentieth century and of authoritarian politics throughout the region.’

Mark Biondich, Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University:

“By merit of its extensive research, compelling narrative, and astute analysis, Christian A. Nielsen’s Making Yugoslavs makes an original contribution to our understanding of interwar Yugoslavia and the legacies of this period for the country’s subsequent evolution and eventual demise. Its examination of the dynamics that impeded nation- and state-building in Yugoslavia will make the book of interest not only to students of identity and nationalism but also to those interested in comparative politics and the trend towards authoritarian politics in interwar Europe. Making Yugoslavs is likely to become a standard work on this period of Yugoslavia’s troubled history.”

Gregor Kranjc, Department of History, Brock University:

“Clear, coherent, and lively, Making Yugoslavs is blazing a path that I sincerely hope that other historians will follow. I was impressed with the wealth of archival sources – from most regions of the country – that the author consulted.”

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;