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Bosnia-Herzegovina : The End of a Legacy - Neven Andjelic


The End of a Legacy

Paperback Published: 15th May 2003
ISBN: 9780714684314
Number Of Pages: 228

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The Bosnian war is often explained in terms of ancient hatred or inability of post-communist society to go through a peaceful transition. Both arguments tend to omit a decade immediately prior to the war, which inevitably led to a bloody collapse of the society. The author covers this period, which was characterized by strong communist rule, beginning in 1972 and ending in the 1980s as a consequence of a series of political and economic scandals. It was the "Agrokomerc Scandal" (uncovered in 1987) that brought down the political and economic elite of communist Bosnia. This changed the political scene completely, the economy deteriorated, and society that had been suppressed during communist rule, emerged. New, inexperienced and weak leadership - under conditions of unprecedented economic crisis - led to the liberalized Bosnia of 1989. A wave of nationalism from Serbia, and later from Croatia, found fertile ground, although it was mainly resisted by the single-party system: however, it was democracy that allowed nationalism to gain a foothold in Bosnia.

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Historical Backgroundp. 6
Post-War Yugoslaviap. 18
The Ruling Systemp. 27
Society and Economy in Bosnia-Herzegovina 1945-1980p. 27
Politics in the 1970sp. 36
The Party and the Populationp. 42
The End of Strong Rulep. 51
Broader Origins of Problemsp. 51
The Agrokomerc Scandalp. 56
Broader Aspects of the Scandalp. 61
Consequences for the Systemp. 69
Civil Society: Its Emergence and Its Limitsp. 79
Introduction and Definitionsp. 79
Manifestations of Civil Societyp. 81
Reaction of the Ruling Partyp. 89
The Rise of Nationalism and the Communistsp. 100
The Yugoslav Contextp. 100
Impact on Bosnia-Herzegovinap. 105
Serbia's Involvement in Bosnian Affairsp. 115
The End of the League of Communistsp. 118
The Emergence of Political Alternativesp. 125
Communists and Dilemmasp. 125
Markovic's Economic Reformsp. 136
Emergence of Mobilized Nationalistsp. 140
The Electoral Campaignp. 156
Ground Rulesp. 156
The Parties: Their Formation, Strength and Weaknessesp. 159
The Dynamic of Nationalismp. 171
Propaganda and Public Reactionsp. 181
Nationalist Rulep. 188
The Electoral Resultsp. 188
Workings of Governmentp. 193
The End of Yugoslaviap. 197
Consequencesp. 202
Conclusionp. 212
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 224
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ISBN: 9780714684314
ISBN-10: 0714684317
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 15th May 2003
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1