Synopses & Reviews
Before the former Yugoslavia was divided by wars, its inhabitants successfully lived side by side in peace. This collection seeks to explain how former neighbors became enemies, with the hope that understanding what drove these peoples apart will help us discover ways for them to coexist in peace again.
Contributors analyze political cartoons, psychiatry, the arts, visual media, and law to present a diversity of views on the conflicts in Yugoslavia. While the chapters in this book deal with regional developments, they are not so much focused on politics as they are concerned with how values and attitudes are altered and new identities formed. Thus, this volume goes beyond recent journalistic accounts and should remain relevant for years to come.
This book began as a special issue of the journal Anthropology of East Europe Review. Most of the contributors to that issue have revised their chapters for this collection, and new chapters have been added, including one on the recent war in Kosovo. Essays range across all of former Yugoslavia, emphasizing the variability and diversity of ethnic relations throughout its history.
Contributors are Mart Bax, Brian C. Bennett, Nikolai Botev, Bette Denich, Elinor Despalatovič, Hannes Grandits, Joel M. Halpern, E. A. Hammel, Robert M. Hayden, Goran Jovanović, Éva V. Huseby-Darvas, David A. Kideckel, Mirjana Lausevic, Lynn D. Maners, Julie Mertus, Robert Gary Minnich, Rajko Muršič, Edit Petrović, Christian Promitzer, Mirjana Prošić-Dvornić, Janet Reineck, Jonathan Matthew Schwartz, Andrei Simić, and Stevan M. Weine.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -458) and index.
About the Author
Joel Halpern is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His previous books include A Serbian Village in Historical Perspective
, The Changing Village Community
, The Changing Peasantry of Eastern Europe
, and The Far East Comes Near
David Kideckel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. His previous books include East European Communities: Seeking Balance in Turbulent Times and The Solitude of Collectivism: Romanian Villagers to the Revolution and Beyond.
Table of Contents
Introduction : The end of Yugoslavia observed / Joel M. Halpern and David A. Kideckel -- Lessons from the Yugoslav labyrinth / E.A. Hammel -- Unmaking multiethnicity in Yugoslavia : media and metamorphosis / Bette Denich -- The Yugoslav dark side of humanity : a view from a Slovene blind spot / Rajko Murésiéc -- The roots of the war in Croatia / Elinor Despalatoviâc -- Nationalism as a folk ideology : the case of former Yugoslavia / Andrei Simiâc -- Muslims as "others" in Serbian and Croatian politics / Robert M. Hayden -- "Former comrades" at war : historical perspectives on "ethnic cleansing" in Croatia / Hannes Grandits and Christian Promitzer -- Under the linden tree : a Slovenian life on a contested state frontier / Robert Gary Minnich -- Ethnonationalism and the dissolution of Yugoslavia / Edit Petroviâc -- Barbarization in a Bosnian pilgrimage center / Mart Bax -- Consequences of the war in Croatia at the village and urban professional levels / Brain C. Bennett -- Seeing past the barricades : ethnic intermarriage in former Yugoslavia, 1962-1989 / Nikolai Botev -- National minorities under the Dayton Accord : lessons from history / Julie Mertus --The Yugoslav war through cartoons / Goran Jovanoviâc -- Some aspects of music and politics in Bosnia / Mirjana Lauéseviâc -- Clapping for Serbs : nationalism and performance in Bosnia and Herzegovina / Lynn D. Maners -- Serbia : the inside story / Mirjana Proésiâc-Dvorniâc -- Refugee women from former Yugoslavia in the camps of rural Hungary / âEva V. Huseby-Darvas -- Poised for war : Kosova's quiet siege / Janet Reineck -- Civil society and ethnic conflict in the Republic of Macedonia / Jonathan Matthew Schwartz -- Redefining Merhamet after a historical nightmare / Stevan M. Weine.