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Transnational Politics in Central America$
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Luis Roniger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036632

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036632.001.0001

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Balkanization as Formative Experience

Balkanization as Formative Experience

(p.24) 3 Balkanization as Formative Experience
Transnational Politics in Central America

Luis Roniger

University Press of Florida

The short-lived attempt at the political unification of the early nineteenth century, which was followed by balkanization, is analyzed in this chapter, which portrays these as formative experiences that continued to inform the minds and political projects of the isthmus in later times. In this text, it is asserted that as separate states were constructed, they were not able to disengage completely from one another, thus projecting a peculiar trans-state and transnational dynamics through generations. The early nineteenth century witnessed developments of long-lasting effects in the region: i.e. the short-lived attempt of political unification followed by balkanization. These developments would turn into a formative experience, continuing to affect the historical memory and political projects of the region in later times as these societies developed their distinctiveness while at the same time being unable to completely disengage themselves from the sister republics of the isthmus.

Keywords:   political unification, nineteenth century, isthmus, political unification, balkanization

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