The dissolution of Yugoslavia and the tragic wars that followed continue to engage scholars throughout the region and the world. Ever since the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, the Scholars' Initiative, an international consortium of over 250 scholars, has endeavored to study the period 1986-2000 as critically and objectively as possible. It believes that ongoing research, discussion, and publication of its work will help bridge the chasm that separates serious historical scholarship from those interpretations that nationalist politicians and media in the former Yugoslavia have impressed on their populations. This collection of articles reflects new research by ten of the Initiative's scholars and offers analysis of a wide spectrum of issues.
It examines the roots of the violent collapse of Yugoslavia, considers the impact of the dissolution on minority groups, tackles some of the controversies concerning Kosovo, evaluates the most recent evidence in the controversy concerning responsibility for the deadly artillery attacks against civilians during the long siege of Sarajevo, assesses the performance of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in its trial of Milosevic, and examines the very sensitive process in Serbia of facing its violent past in the aftermath of the tragedy. This book was previously published as a special issue of Nationalities Papers.
* Tracing the Roots of the Violent Collapse of Yugoslavia, I: 'For a charm of pow'rful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble':Theories about the Roots of the Yugoslav Troubles Author: Sabrina P. Ramet (Department of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway) * Tracing the Roots of the Violent Collapse of Yugoslavia, II: A theory About the Causes of the Yugoslav Meltdown: the Serbian National Awakening as a "Revitalization Movement" Author: Sabrina P. Ramet * Grass Roots Groups, Milosevic, or Dissident Intellectuals? A Controversy over the Origins and Dynamics of the Mobilization of Kosovo Serbs in the 1980s Author: Nebojsa Vladisavljevic (Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science) * The Emergence of the Kosovar Parallel State, 1988-1992 Author: Besnik Pula (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan) * The "Mortar Massacres": A Controversy Revisited Authors: Benjamin Rusek and Charles Ingrao (Department of History, Purdue University) * The Effects of the Dissolution of Yugoslavia on the Minority Rights of Hungarian and Italian Minorities in the Post-Yugoslav States Authors: Matjaz Klemencic (Department of History, Universities of Ljubljana and Maribor) and Jernej Jupancic (Department of Geography, University of Ljubljana) * The Milosevic Trial: Purpose and Performance Authors: James Gow (Department of War Studies, King's College, London) and Ivan Zverzhanovski (Research Assistant in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London) VIII. Facing the Violent Past: Discussions with Serbia's Youth Author: Maryanne Yerkes (Democracy Fellow with USAIF)
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