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Югославский разлом

The article by R. F. Turovsky, a young scholar, presents an attempt to elicit the historicocultural roots of the
current conflict in Yugoslavia. Owing to a complex of factors, differences have been building up within the
historico-cultural Yugoslav community. The field of opposition that has emerged at present, is qualified by the
author as, mainly, confessional one, the line of the gravest split in this field having been brought about by
contradictions between the Serbs, on the one hand, and the rest of the ethno-confessional communities, on the
other. Turovsky offers detailed comparative analysis of the specific features of the peoples of Yugoslavia, of
their respective national ideas. The author comes to the conclusion that it is ethnocentric forms of the
development of political relations that became the basic cause of the conflict-bearing situation in Yugoslavia.
The author calls, in view of the tragic experience of Yugoslavia, to reconsider, and to give renovated meaning
to, a number of traditional political values, the idea of national state being one of the instances.