The Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia
Publication Year: 1996
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Definitions
This all began for me in August 1992, when I got a phone call at my home in Palo Alto from M., a former student, saying she had something to show me.1 M. and I had been friends for several years, ever since she had studied with me at Stanford. She is fluent in several languages and had been translating from her native Croatian that summer. ...
Theme 1: Identity
I begin with my own identity, the aspects of this place called my self that made it ripe terrain for M.'s translations. Rape and other violence based on gender and sex are not unknown to me. For almost ten years, I have been working with groups of rape survivors and battered women and have come to an understanding of the psychological processes involved in recovering from such violence. ...
Theme 2: Representation
On one of my visits to the Rome offices of the Guardian, the English foreign correspondent Ed Vuillamy lent me two maps of Bosnia-Herzegovina. One was a road map; it reminded me of maps of California. I could estimate by comparison, for example, that the Karlovac front line was about as far from downtown Zagreb as San Mateo is from San Francisco, ...
Theme 3: Facts
The noted scholar of nationalism Eric Hobsbawm has written that "no serious historian of nations and nationalism can be a committed political nationalist" because "nationalism requires too much belief in what is patently not so" (Hobsbawm, 12). He quotes Renan, the father of critical European discourse regarding nationalism, ...
Theme 4: Analysis
Enforced pregnancy as a method of genocide makes sense only if you are ignorant about genetics. No baby born from such a crime will be only Serb. It will receive half its genetic material from its mother. Moreover, it will be raised within the mother's culture— if her culture survives anywhere, that is. ...
Theme 5: Remedies
As I write about these things, I am reminded over and over again of the angel of history Walter Benjamin imagines in his "Theses on the Philosophy of History" (75-86). Flying backward into the future, the gape-mouthed angel sees the wreckage of the past grow ever more vast in its wake. ...
Theme 6: Implications
The events I have been discussing hold profound implications for current and future possibilities of social organization, not only in the countries immediately at stake, but also in the rest of the world. Clearly implicit in these events, for example, is a reevaluation of communal identity as national, and of national identity as congruent with that of a state. ...
About the Author
Beverly Allen is associate professor of French, Italian, comparative literature, and women's studies at Syracuse University, where she directs the Humanities Doctoral Program. ...
Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 1996
Edition: First edition
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