Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism & the Balkan Wars

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Cornell University Press, 2003 - History - 289 pages
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Over the last ten years, many commentators have tried to explain the bloody conflicts that tore Yugoslavia apart. But in all these attempts to make sense of the wars and ethnic violence, one crucial factor has been overlooked—the fundamental roles played by exile groups and émigré communities in fanning the flames of nationalism and territorial ambition. Based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and South America, some groups helped provide the ideologies, the leadership, the money, and in many cases, the military hardware that fueled the violent conflicts. Atypical were the dissenting voices who drew upon their experiences in western democracies to stem the tide of war. In spite of the diasporas' power and influence, their story has never before been told, partly because it is so difficult, even dangerous to unravel. Paul Hockenos, a Berlin-based American journalist and political analyst, has traveled through several continents and interviewed scores of key figures, many of whom had never previously talked about their activities. In Homeland Calling, Hockenos investigates the borderless international networks that diaspora organizations rely on to export political agendas back to their native homelands—agendas that at times blatantly undermined the foreign policy objectives of their adopted countries.Hockenos tells an extraordinary story, with elements of farce as well as tragedy, a story of single-minded obsession and double-dealing, of high aspirations and low cunning. The figures he profiles include individuals as disparate as a Canadian pizza baker and an Albanian urologist who played instrumental roles in the conflicts, as well as other men and women who rose boldly to the occasion when their homelands called out for help.
  

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This book essentially breaks down into three case studies, as the author examines how the expatriate Croatian, Serbian, and Kosovar communities interacted with their national "leaderships." These ... Read full review

Contents

Picnic in Mississauga
17
Reconciling Croatia
42
The Avengers of Bleiburg
60
Making Baby MiGs
80
Serbia Little Helpers
103
White Eagles over Chicago
105
The New Lingua Franca
128
Turning on Slobo
153
Skanderbegs Way
177
Birth of a Lobby
202
Exile on Konigstrasse
220
Frankie Goes to Kosovo
238
Conclusion
262
Notes
269
Selected Bibliography
277
Index
281

Kosovo Made in Yugoslavia
175

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Page 9 - I have argued that exile can produce rancor and regret, as well as a sharpened vision. What has been left behind may either be mourned, or it can be used to provide a different set of lenses. Since almost by definition exile and memory go together, it is what one remembers of the past and how one remembers it that determine how one sees the future.
Page vi - Stockholm, and Berlin, all these things are reflected immediately in the changes that transform neighborhoods, professions, cultural production, and topography on an almost hour-by-hour basis. Exiles, emigres, refugees, and expatriates uprooted from their lands must make do in new surroundings...

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About the author (2003)

Paul Hockenos is an American Berlin-based author and political analyst who has written about Europe since 1989. His articles and commentaries have appeared in dozens of periodicals in Europe and North America. Hockenos is also the author of Free to Hate: The Rise of the Right in Post-Communist
Eastern Europe and Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkan Wars. He is presently the editor of Internationale Politik-Global Edition, a foreign affairs quarterly published in Germany.

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