Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (Second Edition): A Scholars’ Initiative

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 Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (Second Edition): A Scholars’ Initiative
Second Edition
Purdue University Press
United States Institute for Peace
European History, History

Book Description

It has been two decades since Yugoslavia fell apart. The brutal conflicts that followed its dissolution are over, but the legacy of the tragedy continues to unsettle the region. Reconciliation is a long and difficult process that necessitates a willingness to work together openly and objectively in confronting the past. Over the past ten years the Scholars’ Initiative has assembled an international consortium of historians, social scientists, and jurists to examine the salient controversies that still divide the peoples of former Yugoslavia. The findings of its eleven research teams represent a direct assault on the proprietary narratives and interpretations that nationalist politicians and media have impressed on mass culture in each of the successor states. Given gaps in the historical record and the existence of sometimes contradictory evidence, this volume does not pretend to resolve all of the outstanding issues. Nevertheless, this second edition incorporates new evidence and major developments that have taken place in the region since the first edition went to press. At the heart of this project has always been the insistence of the authors that they would continue to reconsider their analyses and conclusions based on credible new evidence. Thus, in this second edition, the work of the Scholars' Initiative continues. The broadly conceived synthesis will assist scholars, public officials, and the people they represent both in acknowledging inconvenient facts and in discrediting widely held myths that inform popular attitudes and the electoral success of nationalist politicians who profit from them. Rather than rely on special pleading and appeals to patriotism that have no place in scholarship, the volume vests its credibility in the scientific credentials of its investigators, the transparent impartiality of its methodology, and an absolute commitment to soliciting and examining evidence presented by all sides.    

Book Reviews

“[The Scholars’ Initiative] remains an extraordinary project in its scope and ambition and is a striking example of collaboration. . . . [This book is] a useful addition to the reading list of those trying to familiarize themselves with the Yugoslav wars.”Florian Bieber, Journal of Southeastern Europe

“This volume provides the reader with succinct summaries of the “Yugoslav controversies” that are both understandable to the layperson and very acceptable to the expert. . . . The project supervisors have shown that it is possible for scholars of diverse and often competing backgrounds to reach a meaningful and intellectually stimulating consensus on the greatest of controversies in recent Balkan history.”Christian Axboe Nielsen, The Austrian History Yearbook

“Forging scholarly consensus about Yugoslavia’s dissolution and the accompanying wars qualifies not only as a tough assignment but as one likely to be thankless. . . . What has been achieved is substantial, and Ingrao and Emmert should be thanked for having taken on this task.” Robert M. Hayden, Slavic Review

About the Editor(s):

Charles Ingrao is Professor of History at Purdue University. He has authored or edited many books on central Europe. He is founding editor of H-Net's HABSBURG discussion group and has served as editor of The Austrian History Yearbook (1997-2006). He is presently completing a book (with Bruce Pauley) on ethnic conflict in central Europe and directs the Scholars' Initiative, an international consortium of scholars dedicated to confronting the controversies of the recent Yugoslav wars.

Tom Emmert joined the Gustavus History Department in 1973. He teaches the European history survey, as well as courses on both Imperial and modern Russia, the Ottoman Empire, 19th century European intellectual and cultural movements, and Balkan nationalism. He is currently teaching a new seminar on Stalin. Emmert received his BA from St. Olaf in 1967, and his MA and PhD from Stanford University in 1970 and 1973 respectively.