Definitions

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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.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 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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