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Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies

A Scholars' Initiative

edited by Charles W. Ingrao and Thomas A. Emmert

Publication Year: 2009

his book presents the findings of an international research initiative of over 160 leading historians, social scientists, and jurists that brings together in one volume key evidence presented by all sides in the recent Yugoslav conflicts. It represents a direct assault on the proprietary interpretations that nationalist politicians and media have impressed on mass culture in each of the entities of the former Yugoslavia.

Published by: Purdue University Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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p. v

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pp. vii-ix

Given the multilateral nature of this project, it is impossible to acknowledge fully all of those who contributed materially to its completion. We begin, therefore, with an apology to the many scholars, program officers, editors, journalists, and public officials who advanced the project’s agenda, but whose names do not appear below...

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In Memorium / Introduction

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pp. x-10

It was the kind of scene most people would never forget. On 10 March 1988 a car carrying two British army corporals inadvertently encountered a large funeral procession that had gathered outside a Belfast cemetery to bury three slain IRA gunmen. The crowd quickly converged on the men, who were dragged from the...

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The Dissolution of Yugoslavia

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pp. 13-47

The violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s occasioned a great deal of writing, both popular and scholarly. By now, at least in the academic community, there is substantial agreement as to the causes and chronology of the dissolution, though this has not necessarily trickled down to the popular level...

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Kosovo Under Autonomy, 1974–1990

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pp. 48-80

Ethnic relations are the crucial issue in Kosovo, especially between the Albanians and the Serbs. These groups have not managed to find a suitable and long-lasting political solution to administering Kosovo together. From the time the territory of Kosovo became a part of Serbia and then of Yugoslavia in the early decades of...

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Independence and the Fate of Minorities, 1991-1992

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pp. 82-112

The question of what status minorities might have in the successor states to socialist Yugoslavia was one of the central issues that informed the Wars of Yugoslav Succession, especially for many Serbs.1 This chapter does not lay out a narrative of the early years of that conflict, nor is it a general discussion of minority rights...

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Ethnic Cleansing and War Crimes, 1991-1995

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pp. 114-151

Public perception has associated the Yugoslav wars of succession with all forms of ethnically inspired violence, from murder, rape, and torture to mass expulsion. Many of these systematic violations of international humanitarian law occurred in the context of ethnic cleansing—a purposeful policy that “means rendering...

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The Internati onal Community and the FRY /Belligerents, 1989-1997

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pp. 152-198

For almost four decades after World War II, the international community supported socialist nonaligned Yugoslavia as a symbolic and even strategic crossroads between the polar world of the cold war. Billions of dollars of aid flooded the country in the belief that it was important to support Tito’s Yugoslav...

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Safe Areas

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pp. 200-229

The battle lines between the Bosnian Serbs and their opponents have not changed much since the creation of the six “safe areas” in the spring of 1993. The controversy over the wartime events in and around Bihać, Goražde, Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Tuzla, and Žepa still divides the Bosnian Serbs and their supporters from...

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The War in Croatia, 1991-1995

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pp. 230-270

Military organizations produce large quantities of documents covering all aspects of their activities, from strategic plans and decisions to reports on spending for small arms. When archives are open and documents accessible, it is relatively easy for military historians to reconstruct events in which the military...

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Kosovo under the Milošević Regime

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pp. 272-301

Slobodan Milošević’s rule over Kosovo (1989–1999) was marked by intense political conflict that led to open rebellion followed by international military intervention. By invoking the so-called ethnic principle, the government he led tried to establish a state in which Serb interests and aspirations would not be...

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The War in Kosovo, 1998-1999

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pp. 302-344

With the outbreak of hostilities in the spring of 1998, the Kosovo conflict quickly evolved from a cold war between the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and the Milošević regime into a full-scale insurrection that pitted the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) against the combined forces...

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The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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pp. 346-389

The Prospectus of the Scholars’ Initiative (SI) summarizes the concerns of Group 10 in three questions. “To what extent is the ICTY [International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia] a political body? To what extent is it impartial? To what extent is it anti-Serb...

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Living Together or Hating Each Other?

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pp. 390-424

After years of research by the Scholars’ Initiative, much of the history has already been documented and discussed by the other teams. Team 10 has argued that “if the Scholars’ Initiative has a role to play . . . it must go beyond an aspiration merely to debunk local mythologies, and embrace the task of furthering a more...


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pp. 425-430


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pp. 431-444

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781612490779
E-ISBN-10: 1612490778
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557535337
Print-ISBN-10: 1557535337

Page Count: 454
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 794701200
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Subject Headings

  • Yugoslavia -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century.
  • Yugoslavia -- History -- 1992-2003.
  • Former Yugoslav republics -- History.
  • Ethnic conflict -- Former Yugoslav republics -- History -- 20th century.
  • Ethnic conflict -- Yugoslavia -- History -- 20th century.
  • Yugoslav War, 1991-1995.
  • Kosovo War, 1998-1999.
  • Kosovo (Republic) -- History -- 1980-2008.
  • Former Yugoslav republics -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century.
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