Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal

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Oxford University Press, USA, Feb 16, 2011 - 463 pages
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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 thatunderwent ethnic cleansing and - later - the return of refugees. Through the lens of critical geopolitics, which highlights the power of both geopolitical discourse and spatial strategies, O Tuathail and Dahlman focus on the two attempts to remake the ethnic structure of Bosnia since 1991. The firstattempt 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 of thousands of homes and lives, they failed to destroy Bosnia-Herzegovina as a polity. The second attempt followed thewar. 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 segregationistgeography created by ethnic cleansing. By showing how ethnic cleansing can be reversed, O Tuathail 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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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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