Politics, Territory, and Nationalism: A Conceptual Framework
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This chapter develops the conceptual tools of the book. It offers a much-needed analysis of the relationship between regionalism, nationalism, and statehood by focusing on the issue of self-determination as the key differentiating factor. Unlike the dominant literature that primarily analyses West European cases and considers regions developing into nations and not vice-versa, this chapter challenges the existing paradigm. It further foreshadows the constellations of plurinational, multinational, and sectional regionalism in Istria, Vojvodina, and Dalmatia that developed after 1990. The argument is tilted towards a more nuanced understanding of territorial challenges. Finally, it provides a historical and political background of nation and region building in former Yugoslav countries.