Marianne Staring at the Balkans on Fire: French Views and Perceptions of the 1912–13 Conflicts

  • Nicolas PitsosEmail author


The Balkan Wars were largely followed by “imagined communities” outside the battlefields. Exploring textual and iconographic sources such as newspapers articles and photos, the author studies how these conflicts were viewed and perceived by French society, focusing more particularly on the debates concerning the nature of these events, and the violence involved. The competing narratives displayed in the media are on the one hand the result of various propaganda mechanisms developed by actors and commentators of these events in order to influence French public opinion and shape its judgments. They are also stemming from divergent political cultures, with stereotypical considerations of French and Balkan societies, as well as contrasted interpretations of France’s geopolitical interests.


Balkan Peninsula French Society French Newspaper Balkan Population Warrior Ethos 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for European and Eurasian Studies at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO)ParisFrance

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