Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Monika Palmberger
    Pages 1-50 Open Access
  3. Monika Palmberger
    Pages 127-164 Open Access
  4. Monika Palmberger
    Pages 165-200 Open Access
  5. Monika Palmberger
    Pages 201-228 Open Access
  6. Monika Palmberger
    Pages 229-240 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-254

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following great socio-political change. Focusing on both Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even in this ethno-nationally divided city with its two divergent national historiographies, generation-specific experiences are crucial in how people ascribe meaning to past events. It argues that the dramatic and often brutal transformations that Bosnia and Herzegovina has witnessed have led to alterations in memory politics, not to mention disparities in the life situations faced by the different generations in present-day post-war Mostar. This in turn has created variations in memories along generational lines, which affect how individuals narrate and position themselves in relation to the country's history. This detailed and engaging work will appeal to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, political science, history and oral history, particularly those with an interest in memory, post-socialist Europe and conflict studies.


Collective memory Life course Mostar Memory politics Narrative Ethnography Anthropology Nostalgia anthropology conflict conflict studies Europe Generation historiography history memory Nation political science politics sociology transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Monika Palmberger
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-45062-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45063-0
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