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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Balkanized'

Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Balkanized'

Balkanization, or Balkanisation, is a pejorative

The term has arisen from the conflicts in the 20th century Balkans. While what is now termed Balkanization has occurred throughout history, the term originally described the creation of smaller, ethnically diverse states following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire after World War I.

The term is also used to describe other forms of disintegration, including, for instance, the subdivision of the Internet into separate enclaves, the division of subfields and the creation of new fields from sociology, and the breakdown of cooperative arrangements due to the rise of independent competitive entities engaged in "beggar thy neighbour" bidding wars.

Balkanization is sometimes used to refer to the divergence over time of programming languages and data file formats (particularly XML). The term has been used in American urban planning to describe the process of creating gated communities.

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  • Ferguson: How the balkanization of greater St. Louis fueled the strife
    The convulsive aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has raised questions about poverty and race in America. But it can also be seen as a long-delayed reckoning with balkanized racism around St. Louis. Read more on this news related to 'Balkanized'
  • Brown Bag Lecture: Ambassador Ugljesa Zvekic of Serbia
    Balkanized. by BW Staff Ugljesa Zvekic is significant. The permanent representative and ambassador for the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations, and representative of other international organizations in Geneva between 2009 and 2013, Zvekic is set to deliver an address about the history of the Balkans at noon Friday, Sept. 12, in the Boise State Engineering an Read more on this news related to 'Balkanized'
  • A Dog’s Life
    Disregard disease (Ebola), rising sea levels, simmering religious tensions, the potential for wars over resources. Disregard financial calamity, malfunctioning governments and lying sleazebag politicians leading us down the garden path. Is Europe going to be Balkanized? Read more on this news related to 'Balkanized'

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