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Author Lasheras, Borja

Title Bosnia in limbo : testimonies from the Drina River / Borja Lasheras
Published Stuttgart : Ibidem-Verlag, 2018
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Contents Introduction -- Part I: In the Drina Valley -- The road to Eastern Bosnia -- River of violence -- Srbinje -- The office (Twin Peaks) -- Life in Foc̆a -- The Foc̆a of Zdravko Krsmanović -- The arrest of Mladić -- The Hodz̆ics -- Part II: The forgotten ones -- Three fighters -- The enclaves: like Indians in the reservations -- z̆epa -- Easy rider: Miodrag and Angelina -- Part III: Memory, amnesia and geopolitics -- Bakira and the Lukić family: hell in Visegrad -- Bilo, pa proslo and the cacophony of genocide -- Looking the other way: the conspiracy of silence -- Revisionism, geopolitics and stones in Srebrenica -- Amnesia and reconciliation? -- Part IV: The European Spring that does not come -- Nights of pussy galore -- Babies without ID, flames in Tuzla and Sarajevo -- Europe's eleventh hour -- Road to nowhere: Edith's diary -- Epilogue: return to Goraz̆de -- Acronyms
Summary To this day, almost all narratives on Bosnia focus on the 1990s, the war, and the labyrinth that Dayton's institutional system represents. They also tend to be imbued with a perspective that often overdoes the ethnic and religious element. The truth is that, beyond the causes of war and its manifold tragedies, we actually know very little of its forgotten consequences, once the CNN effect is long gone. As importantly, we know very little of Bosnia today: a society shaped by the past, yes, but also exposed to shifting twenty-first-century dynamics. A society haunted not only by war tragedies but also by a long-standing and long overlooked social crisis. This revealing book thus tries to provide a somewhat different picture of Bosnia, twenty years after the war. Largely based on the author's experience in the field, it is to some extent an account of rural Bosnia, in particular of the Drina River Valley, which bore the brunt of the ethnic cleansing in the 1990s. Yet, and starting off from that isolated region of open wounds, unfinished issues and a cast of characters that range from displaced persons and victims to committed women, the book aims to overall provide a portrait of modern Bosnia as such, while also looking critically at the workings of the international community and European diplomacy. The book, with its landscape of activists, Western diplomats, and inhabitants of an underground world in Sarajevo for LGBT and youths, shows a country of so-far failed Springs and leaders who go on with their bad governance. Meanwhile, the 'Europe' towards which Bosnia theoretically moves drifts between a poor understanding of the country, a fear of conflict that acts as its Achilles' heel, as well as lack of genuine interest, seems unable to really change things. This compelling book shows that Bosnia is still, in a way, a country in limbo
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 15, 2018)
Subject HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
Manners and customs.
Politics and government.
Bosnia and Herzegovina -- History -- 1992-
Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Politics and government -- 1992-
Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Social life and customs -- 21st century
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Badcock, James, translator
ISBN 3838271327
Other Titles Bosnia en el limbo. English