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  • verb to divide a territory into small, hostile states.

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  • verb Alternative capitalization of Balkanize

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  • verb divide a territory into small, hostile states


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  • also used (negatively) to describe fragmentation of interests/priorities, etc. that used to be shared:

    "Because the politically attentive tend to seek out information consistent with their existing views, Sunstein argued, the Internet threatens to balkanize political attention and discourse."

    the above usage seems to be spelled "bulkanize" frequently... not sure if it's just an innocent, random misspelling.

    March 6, 2010