Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byGearoid O Tuathail, Carl Dahlman

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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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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 r...

Gearoid O Tuathail is Professor and Director of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech and Carl Dahlman is Associate Professor of Geography at Miami University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199730369

ISBN - 13:9780199730360

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Introduction: Ethnic Cleansing and Return as Geopolitics1. Yugoslavia's Violent Dissolution2. A Distinctive Geopolitical Space3. Polarization and Poison4. Ethnic Cleansing5. Persistence Ambivalence6. Early Battles Over Returns7. Building Capacity8. Rule of Law9. Localized Geopolitical Struggles10. Did Ethnic Cleaning Succeed?List of InterviewsAppendixReferencesIndex