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This book makes the case for the independence of Kosova – the former province of 'old Yugoslavia' and now temporarily a United Nations-led International protectorate – at a time in which international diplomacy is deeply involved in solving the contested issue of its 'Final Status'. Negotiations began in January 2006 under the auspices of a United Nations Special Envoy, and have been given renewed impetus by the international community’s determination to arrive at a solution.' The Case for Kosova' aims to ...
This book makes the case for the independence of Kosova – the former province of 'old Yugoslavia' and now temporarily a United Nations-led International protectorate – at a time in which international diplomacy is deeply involved in solving the contested issue of its 'Final Status'. Negotiations began in January 2006 under the auspices of a United Nations Special Envoy, and have been given renewed impetus by the international community’s determination to arrive at a solution.' The Case for Kosova' aims to contribute to these negotiations, by providing informed arguments for a different approach to the issue of Kosova's status beyond the limitations of current debates. Its aim is to counteract the anti-Albanian propaganda waged by some parties, but never to propose a counter-propaganda hostile to others or to the goals of a democratic Kosova. Debates on Kosova have largely concentrated on a specific aspect of the issue: either on ideology and myth construction (ignoring translations into practice); on geo-politics (missing the deep implications for stability and security); or on policy (lacking a conceptual understanding of both ideologies and processes). Until now, no book has linked these different fields in a persuasive manner. 'The Case for Kosova' fills this gap with an intellectually challenging and politically relevant commentary from key players in the debate.
The Contributors; Editor's Note; Preface; Introduction; 1. Is Kosova a Late Creation of the Yugoslav State and Should It Be Considered the Cradle of the Serb Nation?; 2. Were Albanians Always on the Side of the Ottoman Empire against Christian Powers?; 3. Is It True that Albanians in Kosova are not Albanians, but Descendants from Albanized Serbs?; Is the Muslim Conversion of Albanians the Main Cause of the Estrangement Between Slavs and Albanians?; 5. Is It True that Albanians Invaded Kosova?; 6. Is It True that Albanians are Responsible for an Orchestrated Campaign to Destroy Kosova's Cultural Heritage in Modern Times?; 7. Have Ethnic and Religious Animosities Caused the Destruction of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Kosova during the Ottoman Period?; 8. Was the Albanian Opposition to the Serb Kingdom's Annexation in 1912 Without Justification?; 9. Is the Complaint about the Serb State's Deportation Policy of Albanians Between the Two World Wars Based on Myth?; 10. Is It True that Albanians Collaborated with Nazi Germany during WWII?; 12. Did Albanians in Kosova Breach their Voluntary Commitment to Join Yugoslavia in 1945?; 13. Have Albanians Been Against a Peaceful Solution to the Question of Kosova's Autonomy?; 14. Have Albanian Terrorism and Separatism Been the Cause of the Yugoslav State Violence During the 1990s?; 15. Was the KLA a Criminal, Terrorist and Islamist Organization?; 16. Is It True that there is No Right of Self-Determination for Kosova?; 17. Was the Former 1999 NATO Intervention an Illegal War Against the Former Republic of Yugoslavia?; 18. Is It True that the NATO Bombing and the KLA were Responsible for the Albanian Refugee Crisis and that the Number of Albanians Killed During the War Has Been Grossly Exaggerated?; 19. Were Albanians Responsible for Reverse Ethnic Cleansing After the War?; 20. Is it True that an Independent Kosova Will Inevitably be a Mono-Ethnic State, Unless Serb Communities and Their Territories Become Autonomous?; 21. Is It True that a Human Rights Culture, Respectful of Minorities, is Impossible in Kosova?; 22. Would an Independent Kosova be an Islamic State?, 23. Would Kosova Survive Economically as an Independent State?; 24. Is It True that Kosova Cannot Govern Itself and Needs Further International Tutelage, or Conditional Independence?; 25. Is It True that Kosova is a Clannish Society Still Regulated by the Kanun, or the Customary Law, and Does Not Belong to the West?; 26: Is Greater Albania a Threat?; 27. Is It True that the Independence of Kosova Would Destabilize the Balkans and Endanger the Possibility of Stabilizing Other Areas of the World, for example, Chechnya or Nagorno Karabach?; 28. Is It True that Decentralization is the Key to Security and Stability in Kosova?; Afterword