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The Dissolution of Yugoslavia: Competing Narratives of Resentment and Blame
The Dissolution of Yugoslavia: Competing Narratives of Resentment and Blame

Author(s): Sabrina P. Ramet
Subject(s): History
Published by: De Gruyter Oldenbourg

Summary/Abstract: Abstract: Serbs, Croats, Kosovar Albanians, and Bosniaks remember the past differ-ently and, although there are differences of historical memory within each group, one can speak of there being a dominant but evolving historical narrative among each of these national groups. This diversity of historical memory creates resources which may be tapped by ambitious leaders. In accounting for the Yugoslav meltdown, how-ever, one may identify three necessary conditions which were fulfilled: widespread discontent (itself reflecting system illegitimacy and economic deterioration), fracture lines along which the country might be dissolved, and leaders prepared to exploit dis-content for their own purposes.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 26-69
  • Page Count: 44
  • Language: English