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Michaelle
 
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Michaelle
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07 October 2009 19:17
 

in End of Faith, page 67 :
“It is time we recognized just how maladaptive this Balkanization of our discourse has become”
I do not understand the meaning of “Balkanization” in this context.
How do you rewrite this sentence uisng another word instead ?
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07 October 2009 23:56
 

Fragmentation - often into hostile factions.

Reading up on the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and the ensuing confusion and violence should help you more fully grasp the reference.