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When History Is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Publisher Comments:

Stevan M. Weine is a psychiatrist who has spent the past decade working with Bosnian survivors of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. As he listened to their testimonies, Weine concluded that these narratives were capable of bearing a complex truth about the horrific events in Yugoslavia that often were lost in more analytic works on the subject. When History is a Nightmare also explores how these traumatic events affected not just individuals, but an entire society and its culture.

Weine investigates the survivors’ attempts to reconcile the contrasting, collective memories of having lived in a smoothly functioning, multiethnic society with the later memories of the ethnic atrocities. He discusses the little-known group concept of merhamet. Denoting compassion, forgiveness, and charity, merhamet was a critical cultural value for the Bosnian Muslims.

Weine also explores how ethnic cleansing was justified from the vantage point of psychiatrists who played prominent roles in instigating the horrors. He also provides personal portraits of leaders such as Jovan Raskovic and Radovan Karadzic. He concludes by describing the recovery efforts of survivors—how they work to confront the destructive nature of their memories while trying to bring about healing, both individually and collectively.

 

Book News Annotation:

Weine, a psychiatrist who spent six years working with Bosnian refugees, investigates survivors' attempts to reconcile their remembrances of living together in a cherished multiethnic society with the memories of horrific ethnic atrocities. He explore the Bosnian value of merhamet, meaning forgiveness and charity, which was central to the experience of living together, then looks at how Serbian leaders used memories to promote ethnic hatred and genocide. The author is an associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Project on Genocide, Psychiatry, and Witnessing, at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Through the narratives and testimonies of Bosnian refugees who survived ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, this title demonstrates how ethnic cleansing has worked its way into people's lives and memories

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-249) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813526768
Author:
Weine, Stevan M.
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Weine, Stevan
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Bosnia and hercegovina
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Subject:
Yugoslav war, 1991-1995
Subject:
Victims of state-sponsored terrorism.
Subject:
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Refugees -- Mental health.
Subject:
Yugoslave War, 1991-1995
Subject:
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Atrocities.
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 photographs
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Mind and Consciousness
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Europe » Eastern Europe » Former Yugoslavia
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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