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The Tragedy Of Yugoslavia The Failure Of Democratic Transformation

Author : Jim Seroka
ISBN : 9781315486956
Genre : Political Science
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Once it was hoped that the Yugoslav federation might manage to defy the odds once more, this time to become one of the world's few examples of democratic pluralism. Instead, we are witnessing another Balkan tragedy. What went wrong? In this volume scholars from Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia examine the Janus face of pluralism, with case studies of electoral politics in the republics and of what were once the country's institutions of integration - the League of Communists, the managerial elite, and the army. Among the contributors are Mirjana Kaspovic, Tomaz Masmak, Vesna Pusic, Anton Bebler, Ivan Siber, Vucina Vasovic, and the editors.
Category: Political Science

Thinking Through Transition

Author : Michal Kope?ek
ISBN : 9789633860854
Genre : Political Science
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This book is the first concentrated effort to explore the most recent chapter of East Central European past from the perspective of intellectual history. Post-socialism can be understood both as a period of scarcity and preponderance of ideas, the dramatic eclipsing of the dissident legacy?as well as the older political traditions?and the rise of technocratic and post-political governance. This book, grounded in empirical research sensitive to local contexts, proposes instead a history of adaptations, entanglements, and unintended consequences. In order to enable and invite comparison, the volume is structured around major domains of political thought, some of them generic (liberalism, conservatism, the Left), others (populism and politics of history) deemed typical for post-socialism. However, as shown by the authors, the generic often turns out to be heavily dependent on its immediate setting, and the typical resonates with processes that are anything but vernacular.
Category: Political Science

Yugoslavia And After

Author : David A. Dyker
ISBN : 9781317891352
Genre : Political Science
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This new book presents contributions by leading authorities on the origins of the Balkan crisis, the reasons for the decay and dissolution of the old Yugoslavia, the nature of the new regimes, the prospects for solution of the remaining conflicts and for the building of viable successor states.
Category: Political Science

Thinking About Yugoslavia

Author : Sabrina P. Ramet
ISBN : 0521616905
Genre : Political Science
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A unique survey of the evidence and academic debates surrounding the break-up of Yugoslavia.
Category: Political Science

State Collapse In South Eastern Europe

Author : Lenard J. Cohen
ISBN : 1557534608
Genre : History
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A multidisciplinary approach exploring the historical antecedents and the dynamic process of Yugoslavia's violent dissolution. This volume examines issues broadening our understanding of the Yugoslav case, and also sheds light on how to deal with state fragility and failure.
Category: History

The Myth Of Ethnic War

Author : V. P. Gagnon, Jr.
ISBN : 9780801468872
Genre : History
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"The wars in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in neighboring Croatia and Kosovo grabbed the attention of the western world not only because of their ferocity and their geographic location, but also because of their timing. This violence erupted at the exact moment when the cold war confrontation was drawing to a close, when westerners were claiming their liberal values as triumphant, in a country that had only a few years earlier been seen as very well placed to join the west. In trying to account for this outburst, most western journalists, academics, and policymakers have resorted to the language of the premodern: tribalism, ethnic hatreds, cultural inadequacy, irrationality; in short, the Balkans as the antithesis of the modern west. Yet one of the most striking aspects of the wars in Yugoslavia is the extent to which the images purveyed in the western press and in much of the academic literature are so at odds with evidence from on the ground."—from The Myth of Ethnic War V. P. Gagnon Jr. believes that the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s were reactionary moves designed to thwart populations that were threatening the existing structures of political and economic power. He begins with facts at odds with the essentialist view of ethnic identity, such as high intermarriage rates and the very high percentage of draft-resisters. These statistics do not comport comfortably with the notion that these wars were the result of ancient blood hatreds or of nationalist leaders using ethnicity to mobilize people into conflict. Yugoslavia in the late 1980s was, in Gagnon's view, on the verge of large-scale sociopolitical and economic change. He shows that political and economic elites in Belgrade and Zagreb first created and then manipulated violent conflict along ethnic lines as a way to short-circuit the dynamics of political change. This strategy of violence was thus a means for these threatened elites to demobilize the population. Gagnon's noteworthy and rather controversial argument provides us with a substantially new way of understanding the politics of ethnicity.
Category: History

Super Optimizing Examples

Author : Stuart S. Nagel
ISBN : UCSC:32106012550387
Genre : Political Science
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Super-Optimizing Examples - Across Public Policy Problems
Category: Political Science

Europe In The Twentieth Century

Author : Roland N. Stromberg
ISBN : STANFORD:36105019273965
Genre : History
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For courses in Twentieth Century Europe. Written by a noted intellectual historian, this concise, interpretive history of twentieth-century European society and civilization surveys the full range of social, political, economic, cultural, and diplomatic events – from pre-World War I to the 1990s.
Category: History