Balkanisation/Balkanization (noun) – the process of dividing a country or a larger region into smaller areas where people all dislike or fight each other.
Balkanise/Balkanize (verb) – to divide a region/territory into smaller hostile areas.
Balkanisation – a geopolitical pejorative term with such a sinister meaning. It was coined in the early 19th century, according to some Internet sources, by certain authors from Western Europe. The term refers to the division of the Balkan Peninsula which was, in those days, ruled by the Ottoman Empire into smaller states between 1817 and 1912.
Nevertheless… let’s see the other side of the coin. Beauties of the Balkans.