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Understanding the War in Kosovo - Professor Florian Bieber

Understanding the War in Kosovo

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The war in Kosovo has been a defining moment in post-Cold War Europe. Kosovo has great importance beyond the Balkans as the most ambitious attempt of the international community to prevent internal conflicts and rebuild a society destroyed by war and ethnic cleansing. As the danger of ethnic conflict prevails in the region and elsewhere around the world, the experience of Kosovo offers important lessons.
This is a comprehensive survey of developments in Kosovo leading up to, during and after the war in 1999, providing additionally the international and regional framework to the conflict. It examines the underlying causes of the war, the attempts by the international community to intervene, and the war itself in spring 1999. It critically examines the international administration in Kosovo since June 1999 and contextualizes it within the relations of Kosovo to its neighbours and as part of the larger European strategy in Southeastern Europe with the stability pact. It does not seek to promote one interpretation of the conflict and its aftermath, but brings together a range of intellectual arguments from some sixteen researchers from the Balkans, the rest of Europe and North America.

'With its unique focus, this book constitutes an important milestone in a large academic debate. With its 350 pages this rich collection provides many valuable perspectives, yet, it also raises some questions.'

- Nationalities Papers, Vol 32, No. 2

'With its multi-disciplinary character this book is a valuable source for scholars, policy-makers, and journalists who want to make feasible arguments and informed policy choices related to the region.'

- Maria Koinova, Harvard University

Contributors' Biographiesp. vii
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Background to the Conflict
Claims to Kosovo: Nationalism and Self-Determinationp. 13
Kosovo or Kosova - Could It Be Both? The Case of Interlocking Serbian and Albanian Nationalismsp. 31
Ethnic Prejudices and Discrimination: The Case of Kosovop. 53
International Intervention Prior to the War
The Limits of Non-Military International Intervention: A Case Study of the Kosovo Conflictp. 79
Rambouillet: A Critical (Re)Assessmentp. 101
The Nato Intervention in Yugoslavia and the War in Kosovo
When Doves Support War and Hawks Oppose It: An Analysis of Humanitarian Intervention in Kosovap. 125
The Theory of Humanitarian Intervention with Special Regard to NATO's Kosovo Missionp. 146
War on Kosovo: A Victory for the Media?p. 166
Religion in Kosovo and the Balkans - Blessing or Curse?p. 184
International Administration of Kosovo
The UN in Kosova: Administering Democratization?p. 199
Ethnic Borders to a Democratic Society in Kosova: The UN's Identity Cardp. 217
The European Union and Humanitarian Intervention in Kosovo: A Test for the Common Foreign Policyp. 237
Questioning Reconstruction: Reflections on Theoretical Foundations for Conceptualizing Reconstruction in Kosovop. 257
Regional Implications of the Kosovo Conflict
Regional Perspectives for an Independent Kosovo - Albania and Macedoniap. 283
Kosovo Independence and Macedonian Stability: Is There Any Alternative to the Nationalistic Discourse?p. 302
Serbia After the Kosovo War: The Defeat of Nationalism and Change of Regimep. 321
Abbreviationsp. 339
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780714683270
ISBN-10: 0714683272
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.55  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1