Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War / Edition 1

Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War / Edition 1

by Julie Mertus, Julie A. Mertus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520218655

ISBN-13: 9780520218659

Pub. Date: 08/09/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

"Julie Mertus has written the most informed, sophisticated, and convincing account of the struggle over the future of Kosovo. Anyone who wants to understand the ongoing Kosovo ordeal, or for that matter the whole class of ethnic conflicts, cannot do better than to read and study this fine book."-Richard Falk, Princeton University

"An important and original

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"Julie Mertus has written the most informed, sophisticated, and convincing account of the struggle over the future of Kosovo. Anyone who wants to understand the ongoing Kosovo ordeal, or for that matter the whole class of ethnic conflicts, cannot do better than to read and study this fine book."-Richard Falk, Princeton University

"An important and original contribution to the literature about the break up of the former Yugoslavia. Julie Mertus reveals the competing narratives, the storytelling by which ethnic Serbs and Kosovo Albanians define themselves and their relationship to one another."-Eric Stover, Director, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley

"Julie Mertus leads us on a fascinating journey through history, myths, identities, and ideologies deep into the thickets of ethnicity and politics that have led to the bloody conflict between Albanians and Serbs. Yet the author leaves us not with despair over the fatality of ethnic conflict, but rather with an understanding of possible ways to resolve what seems unresolvable. This is the clearest and most affecting account of the Kosovo war."-Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Chicago

Author Biography: Julie A. Mertus is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at American University. She is the coeditor of The Suitcase: Refugees' Voices from Bosnia and Croatia (California, 1997), coauthor of Open Wounds: Human Rights Abuses in Kosovo (1994), and the author of Local Action/Global Change (1999). Mertus's articles on the Kosovo crisis have appeared in major newspapers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520218659
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/09/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Maps
Notes on Terms and Concepts
Introduction: Understanding Kosovo Through "Truths"1
1The 1981 Student Demonstrations17
Interviews: Young People Remember the 1981 Demonstrations56
Interviews: One Man Accused of Being the Ringleader87
Interviews: One Woman Tried As an Irredentist95
2"Impaled with a Bottle": The Martinovic Case, 198595
Interviews: Serbs Who Left Kosovo122
3"A Shot Against Yugoslavia": The Paracin Massacre, 1987135
Interviews: Searching for Kelmendi165
4The Alleged Poisoning of Albanian School Children, 1990175
Interviews: Young People Remember the Alleged Poisoning214
5Step One for NGOs: The Root Cause of Conflict227
Postscript, 1997: A Wall of Silence269
Postscript, 1998: Kosovo in Conflict275
Select Chronology: Kosovo and Yugoslavia, 1918-1998285
App. ADemographics313
App. BAttitudinal Surveys317
References331
Index353

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