Division of a place or country into several small political units, often unfriendly to one another. The term balkanization comes from the name of the Balkan Peninsula, which was divided into several small nations in the early twentieth century.
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How to use balkanization in a sentence
What the Malkins of the world have sought to create is rather a kind of intellectual balkanization.
This brings us to "malkinization"'s other virtue as a term: the allusion to "balkanization".