Balkanization

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Etymology[edit]

The term is a reference to the conflicts the Balkan peninsula experienced in the 20th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌbɔːl.kən.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌbɑl.kən.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/

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Balkanization

  1. (historical, chiefly political science) A geopolitical term to describe the fragmentation of a region into several small states that are often hostile or non-cooperative with each other.
  2. (informal) Any disintegration process, such as that of the Internet being divided into separate enclaves.

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