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Author: Robert M. Hayden

Title: From Yugoslavia to the Western Balkans

Subtitle: Studies of a European Disunion, 1991-2011

Place: Leiden and Boston

Publisher: Brill

Year: 2013 (Published online: 2012)

Pages: xviii + 391pp.

Series: Balkan Studies Library 7

ISBN-13: 9789004241909 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9789004241916 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Asian History: Indian History, Pakistani History; European History: Bosnian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War



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Author: Robert M. Hayden, Department of Anthropology, University of, ResearchGate


  Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  Introduction (p. ix)
Part I. Unstaking Vampires: Destroying the Yugoslav Nation and State
  1. The Use of National Stereotypes in the Wars in Yugoslavia (p. 3)
  2. Recounting the Dead: The Rediscovery and Redefinition of Wartime Massacres in Late- and Post-Communist Yugoslavia (p. 25)
  3. The Partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1990-93 (p. 49)
  4. Muslims as "Others" in Serbian and Croatian Political Discourse (p. 71)
  5. Imagined Communities and Real Victims: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in Yugoslavia (p. 83)
Part II. The Power of Labelling: Discourses on Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing & Population Transfers
  6. Schindler's Fate: Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and Population Transfers (p. 113)
  7. Mass Killings and Images of Genocide in Bosnia, 1941-45 and 1992-95 (p. 137)
  8. Mass Rape and Rape Avoidance in Ethno-national Conflicts: Sexual Violence in Liminalized States (p. 171)
Part III. Humanitarian Hypocrisy
  9. Human Rights Activists and the Civil War In Yugoslavia: The Questionable Morality of Liberal Absolutism (p. 203)
  10. Humanrightsism: From Moral Critique Of Violence to Crusade For Moral Violence (p. 213)
  11. "Genocide Denial" Laws as Secular Heresy: A Critical Analysis with Reference to Bosnia (p. 239)
  12. What’s Reconciliation Got to do With It? The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as Antiwar Profiteer (p. 267)
Part IV. Un-Imagining Communities
  13. "Democracy" without a Demos? The Bosnian Constitutional Experiment (p. 289)
  14. The Proposed 2009 Amendments on the Bosnian Constitution and the Continuing Reinvention of the Square Wheel (p. 319)
  15. Moral Vision and Impaired Insight: The Imagining of Other Peoples’ Communities in Bosnia (p. 343)
  16. From EUphoria to EU-goslavia (p. 377)
  Index (p. 389)


»This book brings together important original contributions to scholarly and political/policy debates over the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and especially the war in Bosnia. The analyses are grounded on empirically-based arguments about social and political dynamics, resonate with much larger/enduring issues of social science inquiry, and consistently challenge commonly-held beliefs about the Balkans that are based more on ignorance, misunderstanding, or outright prejudice, than on intimate knowledge of the region, its peoples, and their histories. When first published, some of these essays represented sharply distinctive analyses which have since then become “common wisdom.” Hayden’s arguments about how this multinational European federation collapsed following a severe economic crisis are disturbingly relevant to analyzing the crisis of the European Union twenty years later.« (Source: Brill)

Abstract of Chapter Eight: »This chapter discusses the comparsion of mass rape with rape avoidance has implications for issues of culpability in international law. It begins with the reports of mass rape in Bosnia in the early stages of the war there, and the international response to those reports. The chapter then moves to an examination of sexual violence in India, both the reported instances of mass rape in Punjab in 1947 and the lack of such mass rape in other “communal” violence in the 1980s and 1990s, using this South Asian material as a lens with which to re-examine events in Bosnia. The purpose is ultimately to understand not only the circumstances under which mass rape takes place, but also those in which sexual violence against women is largely avoided even during mass violence between different ethno-national-religious groups.« (Source: Brill)


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