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Karl Kaser - abstract
What would Europe be without its barbarians? A Euro-Balkan study
 


To begin with, this paper looks into the ancient roots of the concept of the barbarian; the following chapter discusses the consequences of the modern Enlightenment for Europe and of the drawing of borders in people’s minds; this is followed by an analysis of a Western conception of science long believed to have been overcome, a conception that classifies savageness and barbarism as precursor stages of Western civilisation; the fourth section draws attention to the barbarisation of the Balkans that began at roughly the same time; the final section discusses the process of the neo-barbarisation of the Balkans in connection with the Yugoslav wars and EU expansion. The aggravation of the European conceptions of barbarism due to colonialism outside Europe may be safely neglected, as it plays no role of any relevance in this context.