Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and its Reversal

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Oxford University Press, Feb 16, 2011 - Political Science - 488 pages
Bosnia Remade is an authoritative account of ethnic cleansing and its partial undoing from the onset of the 1990s Bosnian wars up through the present. Gerard Toal and Carl Dahlman combine a bird's-eye view of the entire war from onset to aftermath with a micro-level account of three towns that underwent ethnic cleansing and--later--the return of refugees. There have been two major attempts to remake the ethnic geography of Bosnia since 1991. In the first instance, ascendant ethno-nationalist forces tried to eradicate the mixed ethnic geographies of Bosnia's towns, villages and communities. These forces devastated tens of thousands of homes and lives, but they failed to destroy Bosnia-Herzegovina as a polity. In the second attempt, which followed the war, the international community, in league with Bosnian officials, endeavored to reverse the demographic and other consequences of this ethnic cleansing. While progress has been uneven, this latter effort has transformed the ethnic demography of Bosnia and moved the nation beyond its recent segregationist past. By showing how ethnic cleansing was challenged, Bosnia Remade offers more than just a comprehensive narrative of Europe's worst political crisis of the past two decades. It also offers lessons for addressing an enduring global problem.
 

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Contents

Ethnic Cleansing and Return as Geopolitics
3
1 Yugoslavias Violent Dissolution
20
2 A Distinctive Geopolitical Space
46
3 Polarization and Poison
83
4 Ethnic Cleansing
112
5 Persistent Ambivalence
142
6 Early Battles over Returns
167
7 Building Capacity
194
9 Localized Geopolitical Struggles
256
10 Did Ethnic Cleansing Succeed?
293
List of Interviews
321
Appendix
327
Notes
337
References
411
Author Index
441
Subject Index
446

8 Rule of Law
228

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Gerard Toal (Gearóid Ó Tuathail) is Professor and Director of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech's National Capital Region campus. Carl T. Dahlman is Associate Professor of Geography at Miami University.

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