Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal

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Bosnia Remade is an authoritative account of ethnic cleansing and its partial undoing in the Bosnian wars from 1990 to the present. The two authors, both political geographers, 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. Through the lens of critical geopolitics, which highlights the power of both geopolitical discourse and spatialstrategies, Toal and Dahlman focus on the two attempts to remake the ethnic structure of Bosnia since 1991. The first attempt was by ascendant ethnonationalist forces that tried to eradicate the mixed ethnic structures of Bosnia's towns, villages and communities. While these forces destroyed tens ofthousands of homes and lives, they failed to destroy Bosnia-Herzegovina as a polity. The second attempt followed the war. The international community, in league with Bosnian officials, tried to undo the demographic consequences of ethnic cleansing. This latter effort has moved in fits and starts, but as the authors show, it has re-made Bosnia, producing a country that has moved beyond the stark segregationist geography created by ethnic cleansing. By showing how ethnic cleansing can bereversed, Toal and Dahlman offer more than just a comprehensive narrative of Europe's worst political crisis in the past two decades. They also offer lessons for addressing an enduring global problem.
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ISBN-13: 9780199730360
ISBN-10: 0199730369
Pagini: 488
Dimensiuni: 157 x 238 x 50 mm
Greutate: 0.79 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


A book a long time in coming and yet absolutely timely...Toal and Dahlman are very effective at weaving together an analysis that takes into account global power relations, local (opstina) political dynamics, nationalist narratives and their everyday circulation, actual practices of ethnic cleansing and its reversal, and the specific experience of place. Methodologically, the book makes use of published and governmental documents, as well as interviews with bothsurvivors, combatants, and political leaders in the towns of Zvornik, Doboj, and Jajce...extremely effective in its presentation.

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Gerard Toal is Professor and Director of Government and International Affairs, Virginia Tech and Carl Dahlman is Associate Professor of Geography at Miami University