THE BALKANS: CLASH OF CULTURES OR CONFRONTATION OF CIVILIZATIONS
(Rejection of Cultural Relativism: Some Arguments)
"KULTURA U PROCESIMA RAZVOJA, REGIONALIZACIJE I EVROINTEGRACIJE
BALKANA", FILOZOFSKIFAKULTET - UNIVERZITET U NISU, INSTITUT ZA SOCIOLOGUU, SVEN, Nis, Serbia
The critical rejection of cultural relativism is very important for us - people of the Balkan societies in a period of transition to democracy and market economy. Dishonest political thinkers and journalists repeatedly depict us as hostile to the West Slavic-Byzantine Orthodox civilization; they consider us to be dangerous people living in a “powder-keg”, Russian-dominated area or in a sanitary cordon area facing the aggresive Islam. The moral is that Europe should not trust these strange “new-comers”. The Balkans are considered as a region of ethnic and religious wars.
Balkans, clash of cultures