Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Geology and Geography

Committee Chair

Ann Oberhauser.

Committee Co-Chair

Karen Culcasi

Committee Member

Robert Blobaum


Despite the E.U.'s attempts to create a sense of European homogeneity between its members, issues of nationality and identity continue to play a vital role in both its function and expansion. This research examines the shifting role that the nation plays in Croatia's transition to the European Union. Employing discourse analysis of state documents and online surveys of Croatian youth, this study analyzes the role of the state in perpetuating an image of stability and westward thinking toward greater Europe; identifies the perspective young Croatian adults have on European integration; gauges the importance of nationalism for a post-socialist generation; and demonstrates that although tensions remain, national relationships are improving between Croatia and its neighbors. Additionally, this research reveals the effect that perceived cultural and historical boundaries between Southeastern and Western Europe have had on Croatia's E.U. negotiation process. Both within and outside the region, beliefs in ultra-nationalism and Balkanism have engaged Croatia, and other Southeastern European states, in a process of othering that excludes them from the rest of Europe.