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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.
|List of Contributors||vii|
|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|
|9||Perceptions in Central and South-Eastern Europe||136|
|11||Perceptions in the Commonwealth of Independent States||176|
|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|