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The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990's
"The wars in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in neighboring Croatia and Kosovo grabbed the attention of the western world not only because of their ferocity and their geographic location, but also because of their timing. This violence erupted at the exact moment when the cold war confrontation was drawing to a close, when westerners were claiming their liberal values as triumphant ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Cornell University Press
(first published October 6th 2004)
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May 06, 2016 Julia Hendon rated it really liked it
A social constructionist approach to politics. Gagnon argues that "ethnicity" is not a fixed or primordial identity. Nor were ancient hatreds at the root of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Instead, people in Serbia, such as Milosevic, and Croatia who wanted power created the conflicts through manipulation of the media, massive electoral fraud, and the arming of their supporters. Convincing in large part because of the author's use of Serbo-Croatian language sources that provide insight i ...more