Kosovo: Perceptions of War and its Aftermath / Edition 1

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Nato intervention in Kosovo marked a major turning point in post-Cold War international relations. While some Western commentators argued that it was the first war to be fought on purely moral grounds, Serbian, Russian and Chinese assessments were sharply different.

This highly original addition to the literature on Kosovo highlights the importance of perspective to an understanding of both the causes and consequences of war. It makes clear that the conceptual lenses, paradigms or frameworks through which political actors view reality in turn affect their understanding of the behaviour of others and their reactions to it. The authors, a team of regional experts on the countries covered, examine the way that the war has been understood in countries involved in and peripheral to the conflict. Their aim is to provide a broad yet highly nuanced picture of this focal point of Balkan unrest.

The book opens with an introduction to the historical and regional context of the conflict. The authors go on to present 12 case studies: Serbia, former Yugoslav republics, USA, Britain. France, Germany, Italy, Central/Southeastern Europe, Russia. CIS, the Middle East and China. These detailed regional studies highlight the considerable variation in the key states' perceptions of their national interest and their perceptions of what constitutes legality or legitimacy. In each case, domestic constraints are explored and the ways in which differing perspectives of political and military leadership fed into the crisis are examined. Further thematic chapters determine the war's consequences and the lessons to be drawn in terms of the wider issues of refugees, humanitarian intervention, European security and geopolitics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826456700
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii
Acknowledgements x
Maps xi
Introduction 1
1 War in Kosovo: History, Development and Aftermath 12
2 The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Ends: Kosovo in Serbian Perception 30
3 Perceptions in the Former Yugoslav Republics 46
4 American Perceptions 61
5 British Perceptions 78
6 French Perceptions 92
7 German Perceptions 106
8 Italian Perceptions 122
9 Perceptions in Central and South-Eastern Europe 136
10 Russian Perceptions 156
11 Perceptions in the Commonwealth of Independent States 176
12 Chinese Perceptions 193
13 Perceptions in the Middle East 206
14 European Security after Kosovo 219
15 Kosovo: Geopolitics, Geostrategy and Geoeconomics 233
16 Perceptions of Kosovo's 'Refugees' 251
17 The Concept of Humanitarian Intervention Revisited 266
Index 282
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