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Perspectives: Narratives in the Balkans

In the Combat Zone

In the region, patriarchal, homophobic and exclusive tendencies are dominating, shaping a climate of intolerance, of exclusion, of the radical negation of all things humane and rational. The consequences are rigid defence mechanisms against progressive and secular approaches. Instead of modernity, instead of establishing welfare for all, the citizens are kept in a perpetual combat zone, from which hundreds of thousands are fleeing – without war – in order to find their happiness in work and life elsewhere, beyond the continuing radicalisation.

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Date of Publication
September 2018
Heinrich Boell Foundation Srajevo
Number of Pages
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Table of contents

Foreword - Srđan Dvornik 2 

Introduction - In the Combat Zone - Marion Kraske 4

Life-Shaping Narratives

Understanding "Strategic Narratives" on the Balkans and its Borders - Nermina Mujagić 7

How is the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina Perceived in 2017? - Srđan Puhalo 12

How to Come to Terms with the Concept of the Croatians as the Triple Victim of the Past? - Stevo Đurašković 16

A Quest for Alternatives

What is the Civic Option in Bosnia and Herzegovina? - Asim Mujkić 21

Antifascism, Communism and the Yugoslavian National Idea in the Jaws of Nationalism - Srđan Milošević 31

Transcending Consociationalism: In Support of Civic Bosnia and Herzegovina - Senada Šelo Šabić 34

Majority, Minority and Political Strategies in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Mate Subašić 40

(In)surmountable past

The Taste of Nationalism - Ildiko Erdei 43

Women – Active Participants in a Passive Role - Đurđa Knežević 46

Manipulating War Crimes as a Narrative Used in Everyday Politics in BiH - Lejla Turčilo 50

The Dominance of Ethnic Parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina will Continue - Damir Kapidžić 54

The Hague Tribunal – Reconciliation on Hold - Nemanja Stjepanović 58

Changing Narratives, Changing Histories

Dormant yet Radiant History: Memories of the First World War in the Republic of Macedonia - Petar Todorov 62

Historical Revisionism - Erich Rathfelder 66

Collective Glorification of Individual Guilt - It is their Fault, not Ours - Zarije Seizović 70

Fear and Hate – The Two Edges of the Same Sword - Xhabir Memedi Deralla 73