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Serbia Since 1989

Politics and Society under Milosevic and After

edited by: Sabrina P. Ramet and Vjeran Pavlakovic
published by
: University of Washington Press
pp: 440
ISBN: 9780295986500
price: $ 34.95

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During their thirteen years in power, Slobodan Milosevic and his cohorts plunged Yugoslavia into wars of ethnic cleansing, leading to the murder of thousands of civilians. The Milosevic regime also subverted the nation's culture, twisted the political mainstream into a virulent nationalist mold, sapped the economy through war and the criminalization of a free market, returned to gender relations of a bygone era, and left the state so dysfunctional that its peripheries - Kosovo, Vojvodina, and Montenegro - have been struggling to maximize their distance from Belgrade, through far-reaching autonomy or through outright independence.

In this valuable collection of essays, Vjeran Pavlakovic, Reneo Lukic, and Obrad Kesic examine elements of continuity and discontinuity from the Milosevic era to the twenty-first century, the struggle at the center of power, and relations between Serbia and Montenegro. Contributions by Sabrina Ramet, James Gow, and Milena Michalski explore the role of Serbian wartime propaganda and the impact of the war on Serbian society. Essays by Eric Gordy, Maja Miljovic, Marko Hoare, and Kari Osland look at the legacy of Serbia's recent wars-issues of guilt and responsibility, the economy, and the trial of Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague. Sabrina Ramet and Biljana Bijelic address the themes of culture and values. Frances Trix, Emil Kerenji, and Dennis Reinhartz explore the peripheries in the politics of Kosovo/a, Vojvodina, and Serbia's Roma.


Table of contents

Introduction: Serbia as a Dysfunctional State, Vjeran Pavlakovic
Part I. The Center
Vjeran Pavlakovic, Serbia Transformed? Political Dynamics in the Milosevic Era and After
Reneo Lukic, From the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the Union of Serbia and Montenegro
Obrad Kesic, An Airplane with Eighteen Pilots: Serbia after Milosevic
Part II. The Legacy of the War
Sabrina P. Ramet, Under the Holy Lime Tree: The Inculcation of Neurotic and Psychotic Syndromes as a Serbian Wartime Strategy, 1986-95
James Gow and Milena Michalski, The Impact of the War on Serbia: Spoiled Appetites and Progressive Decay
Eric D. Gordy, Postwar Guilt and Responsibility in Serbia: The Effort to Confront It and the Effort to Avoid It
Maja Miljkovic and Marko Attila Hoare, Crime and the Economy under Milosevic and His Successors

Kari M. Osland, The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic
Part III. Culture and Values
Sabrina P. Ramet, The Politics of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Biljana Bijelic, Nationalism, Motherhood, and the Reordering of Women's Power
Part IV. Peripheries
Frances Trix, Kosovar Albanians between a Rock and a Hard Place
Emil Kerenji, Vojvodina since 1988
Dennis Reinhartz, The Yugoslav Roma under Slobodan Milosevic and After 
Part V. Conclusion
Sabrina P. Ramet, The Sirens and the Guslar: An Afterword




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