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  • proper n. A geopolitical term to describe the fragmentation of a region into several small states that are often hostile or non-cooperative with each other.
  • proper n. Any disintegration process, such as that of the Internet being divided into separate enclaves.


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The term has arisen from the conflicts in the 20th century Balkans.


  • McINTYRE: Well, Tom, as you know, the term Balkanization started in the early 20th century to mean a big country being broken up into smaller, often hostile regions.

    CNN Transcript Nov 4, 2007

  • The only parallel I can think of, in terms of subdividing things into non-viable states, is South Africa, with its process of Bantustanization (if Balkanization is a word, why not?).

    Matthew Yglesias » Getting Closer to Nowhere

  • We are in danger in this country today of an intellectual 'Balkanization' - where people rigidly adhere to opinions and beliefs and refuse to accept or even acknowledge people who may hold different or opposing views.

    OpEdNews - Diary: People Who Hate OpEdNews

  • The most dangerous word used in propaganda against us in 'Balkanization' -- as if to suggest that all these regions had become unstable and liable to Balkan quarrels.

    Europe—Whither Bound? Being Letters of Travel from the Capitals of Europe in the Year 1921

  • The principle of self-determination, or what was facetiously termed the Balkanization of Europe, was at first applied to that territory and a semi-independent state created _in petto_ which was to contain eight million inhabitants and be linked with Poland.

    The Inside Story of the Peace Conference

  • During the event, the candidate spoke out against the "Balkanization" of America and declared that Europe has already been "Islamicized."

    Tancredo Confronted At Town Hall

  • A "Balkanization" or "Yugoslavization" of the Israeli conflict consisting of two steps: 1 Foreign occupation of the region by peacekeepers preferably from Europe (but not Turkey) and 2 Arrest of the suspects an international trial to discover guilty for the war crimes.

    Israel in Trouble in 2009

  • Creating separate departments, says UCLA Provost Herbert Morris, encourages a "Balkanization" that the university wants to avoid.

    Martyrs For Multiculturalism

  • Tsvi Golan Upplands Vasby, SwedenThe "Balkanization" of Microsoft as called for by the Feds is bad news for consumers.

    Mourning For Microsoft

  • It still is, but it's under NATO occupation with plans to make it independent and complete the "Balkanization" of Yugoslavia.

    Reviewing David Cromwell and David Edwards' "Guardians of Power"


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