Ethnic Nationalism: Tragic Death of Yugoslavia

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If the leaders of Serbia and Croatia can get away with tearing apart Bosnia-Hercegovina, a sovereign member of the United Nations, what is to stop military elites in other former Soviet and East European states from proposing similar solutions to their own national grievances and aspirations? And who is to say it would stop there? The world may well be uneasy, as Bogdan Denitch makes clear in this study of the causes and possible ramifications of the death of Yugoslavia. He aims to provide a comprehensive historical analysis of Yugoslavia's demise, one which clearly identifies events and trends that urgently demand the world's attention. The role of timing in the sequence of events; the consequences of an unworkable constitutional situation; the responsibility of the West; and, above all, the self-transformation of Communist regimes that presaged undemocratic outcomes. Each is duly considered as Denitch gives a detailed description of Yugoslavia's descent into inter-ethnic wars. His discussion of the possible fate of post-Communist states leads to an account of the sources and dangers of nationalistic and ethnic extremism on what threatens to become a global scale. In this analysis, nationalism and populism can be seen as revolts against a new world system where abstract multinational financial and political institutions belie citizens' attempts at democratic participation.

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This essential resource provides a cogent, comprehensive historical analysis of Yugoslavia's demise, one that clearly identifies events and trends that urgently demand the world's attention.

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Denitch, a professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and author of The End of the Cold War , has a personal stake in Yugoslavia. The child of Serb parents, his relatives have long been part of Yugoslavia's diplomatic and governing corps (one grandfather was a member of the Black Hand). His ancestry, however, hasn't stopped him from condemning Serbs for their treatment of Albanians in Kosovo; their early unsuccessful attack against Slovenia, which spelled the end of Yugoslav unity; and the nationalistic rhetoric which succeeded in inciting ethnic Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to violence. Alternating with a deep sadness for his native country, is an edgy realpolitik: Denitch believes the international community (especially Germany and Austria, which share a problematic history in the region) worsened matters by prematurely recognizing secessionist republics; by sending in a peace force paralyzed by ``an excessive respect for formal sovereignty''; and by predicating aid on the acceptance of a free market ideal that, Denitch believes, will eventually result in the once relatively prosperous Yugoslavia looking more like Latin America than like the EC. Denitch's chapters are really free-standing essays with the result that there is some repetition and the occasional insufficiently or tardily explained reference. But if the programmatic logic of Ethnic Nationalism escapes some readers, the lessons it infers from Yugoslavia to Spain and Catalonia, the Lombard League, Ireland and racial tensions in the U.S., will be hard to ignore.

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