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PeacemakersAmerican Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans$
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James W. Pardew

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174358

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174358.001.0001

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Fools and Madmen

Fools and Madmen

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Peacemakers
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James W. Pardew

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813174358.003.0002

Why is the fall of communism in Yugoslavia so violent when it is relatively peaceful throughout the rest of Eastern Europe? Nationalist leaders like Milosevic in Serbia disregard the lesson of history that wars, once started, are difficult to control. Pardew points to the narrow vision and expedient political conversion of local leaders, the depth of ethnic nationalism and the misuse of religion as primary factors leading to brutal conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Balkan officials want to negotiate the complexities of their history, but US negotiators focus on the future. The U.S. approach to Balkan instability also avoids traditional methods of solving ethnic conflicts. New national borders and ethnic proportions are no longer suitable solutions for achieving ethnic stability in the region.

Keywords:   Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe, ethnic conflicts, Balkan nationalism, religion, isolation, proportions

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