Ethnic Conflict and Civil Society: Proposals for a New Era in Eastern Europe

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After the collapse of the communist system, the political systems in Eastern Europe were unable to cope with increasing tensions between ethnic majorities and minorities. These tensions led to violent ethnic conflicts and civil wars, in particular in the former Yugoslavia. In this phase of transition the nation-(re)building ethnic groups strived for more political autonomy, and even territorial secession. The newly independcnt states lacked democratic structures and traditions, as well as civil manners, that could be used for regulating ethnic conflicts.

The idea of Civil Society provides both basic democratic mechanisms for peaceful conflict resolution between minorities and majorities, and civil manners for a lasting coexistence in an ethnically plural society. The theoretical part of this book discusses the issues of conflict autonomy, causes for conflict, and democratic conflict resolution. The empirical part describes experiences of ethnic conflicts in former Yugoslavia--especially Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia--in Ukraine, and Romania. Experiences from Switrrland and the United States demonstrate successful examples of ethnic conflict management and illustrations of the political culture with a Civil Society.

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Addressing the violent ethnic conflicts and civil wars sparked by the breakdown of political systems in Eastern Europe, contributors to this volume discuss conflict anatomy, causes for conflict, and democratic conflict resolution. Case studies of ethnic conflicts in the former Yugoslavia (particularly Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia), Ukraine, and Romania are also presented. Finally, examples of successful conflict management are presented. Lacks an index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840144550
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Editors and Contributors
1 Ethnic Conflicts and Cooperation Among and Within States 3
2 Conflicts Between Different Nationalities: Chances for and Limits to Their Settlement 35
3 Reducing Ethnic Conflicts: Contemporary Approaches to Conflict Resolution in Western Europe 53
4 Temptations of Transition and Identity Crisis in Post-Communist Countries: The Example of Former Yugoslavia 83
5 Autonomy as One of the Means of Minorities' Protection: The Case of Slovenia 99
6 Ethnic Conflicts in Croatia? 115
7 Ethnic Politics in Ukraine 127
8 The Relationship Between the Majority and the Minority in a Composed Region: The Case of Vojvodina 151
9 The Media: Social Constructions in Inter-Ethnic Communication in Romania 177
10 Ethnic Coexistence and Cooperation in Switzerland 203
11 Conflict and Integration: The Main Principles of Social Cohesion in the United States 221
12 Ethnic Cooperation and Coexistence: International Mediation, International Governance, and Civil Society for Ethnically Plural States 251
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