From Yugoslavia to the Western Balkans: Studies of a European Disunion, 1991-2011

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This book brings together important original contributions to scholarly and political/policy debates over the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and especially the war in Bosnia. The analyses are grounded on empirically-based arguments about social and political dynamics, resonate with much larger/enduring issues of social science inquiry, and consistently challenge commonly-held beliefs about the Balkans that are based more on ignorance, misunderstanding, or outright prejudice, than on intimate knowledge of the ...

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Overview

This book brings together important original contributions to scholarly and political/policy debates over the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and especially the war in Bosnia. The analyses are grounded on empirically-based arguments about social and political dynamics, resonate with much larger/enduring issues of social science inquiry, and consistently challenge commonly-held beliefs about the Balkans that are based more on ignorance, misunderstanding, or outright prejudice, than on intimate knowledge of the region, its peoples, and their histories. When first published, some of these essays represented sharply distinctive analyses which have since then become “common wisdom.” Hayden’s arguments about how this multinational European federation collapsed following a severe economic crisis are disturbingly relevant to analyzing the crisis of the European Union twenty years later.

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"Much of the Western policy community has struggled to come to terms with this region, which was and is at best poorly understood. Hayden’s analysis, built upon a substantial grounding in South Slavic languages and the Balkan area’s stormy history, as well as empathy with its cultural attributes, is in contrast remarkably lucid, not to mention tragically prescient ... a refreshingly thoughtful and extraordinarily insightful volume"
R. Craig Nation, U.S. Army War College, in Southeastern Europe 38.2, 2014
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004241909
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Series: Balkan Studies Library , #7
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Hayden, J.D. (1978), Ph.D. (1981), State University of New York at Buffalo, is Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of Pittsburgh. He has done research in the former Yugoslavia since 1981, and has also worked extensively in India.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART I: UNSTAKING VAMPIRES: DESTROYING THE YUGOSLAV NATION AND STATE

Chapter One The Use of National Stereotypes in the Wars in Yugoslavia

Chapter Two Recounting the Dead: The Rediscovery and Redefinition of Wartime Massacres in Late- and Post-Communist Yugoslavia

Chapter Three The Partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1990-1993

Chapter Four Muslims as 'Others' in Serbian and Croatian Political Discourse

Chapter Five Imagined Communities and Real Victims: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in Yugoslavia

PART II: THE POWER OF LABELING: DISCOURSES ON GENOCIDE, ETHNIC CLEANSING & POPULATION TRANSFERS

Chapter Six Schindler's Fate: Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and Population Transfers

Chapter Seven Mass Killings and Images of Genocide in Bosnia, 1941-45 and 1992-95

Chapter Eight Mass Rape and Rape Avoidance in Ethno-national Conflicts: Sexual Violence in Liminalized States

PART III: HUMANITARIAN HYPOCRISY

Chapter Nine Human Rights Activists and the Civil War In Yugoslavia: The Questionable Morality of Liberal Absolutism

Chapter Ten Humanrightsism: From Moral Critique Of Violence to Crusade For Moral Violence

Chapter Eleven ’Genocide Denial’ Laws as Secular Heresy: A Critical Analysis with Reference to Bosnia

Chapter Twelve What’s Reconciliation Got to do With It? The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as Antiwar Profiteer

PART IV: UN-IMAGINING COMMUNITIES

Chapter Thirteen Democracy without a Demos? The Bosnian Constitutional Experiment

Chapter Fourteen The Proposed 2009 Amendments on the Bosnian Constitution and the Continuing Reinvention of the Square Wheel

Chapter Fifteen Moral Vision and Impaired Insight: The Imagining of Other Peoples’ Communities in Bosnia

CODA: REBUILDING THE BALKANS

Chapter Sixteen From EUphoria to EU-goslavia

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