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Contested Nationalism: Serb Elite Rivalry in Croatia and Bosnia in the 1990s (Ethnopolitics) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2010

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845457269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845457266
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,912,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is based on a profound and detailed analysis...that shows very convincingly the dynamics that the political elites succeeded in exploiting in the course of the instrumentalization of the national: behind the ethnicization [during the disintegration of Yugoslavia] were power-political interests. In this study Caspersen offers a convincing new perspective on the radicalization of nationalism." . Sudosteuropa

""Empirically, the book makes a major contribution to the study of intra-Serb relations and rivalries during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia... it constructs a new theoretical framework that will allow for more nuanced and accurate explanations of intra-ethnic competition and inter-ethnic conflicts."" . Peter Viggo Jakobsen, University of Copenhagen

"This important and pioneering work well illustrates the complexities of nationalist politics and offers a novel conceptual model for its study." . Slavic Review"

About the Author

Nina Caspersen received her PhD from the London School of Economics and is currently Lecturer in Peace & Conflict Studies at Lancaster University. She is the author of several journal articles on ethnic politics and intra-state conflicts in the Balkans and the Caucasus.

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Format: Hardcover
This study is based upon dozens of field interviews with those who particapted firsthand in the intra-ethnic political rivalry between Serb nationalists before, during and after the Balkan wars of the 1990's. Factional conflicts described herein undermine the myth of a unified Serb national interest, at least as represented by 90's warmongers.

Nina Caspersen has used both English and Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian langauge sources in addition to field-research to examine the effects of intra-ethnic rivalry on the political position adopted by Serb nationlists within breakaway ethnic statelets in both Bosnia and Croatia. Contested Nationalism provides the sort of behind-the-scenes snapshot of local political actors frequently omitted from the literature about these wars. It also fills some of the gap regarding the role of intra- rather than inter-ethnic competition in conflict escalation and moderation. The main theoretical contribution lies in Caspersen's challenge of the concept of ethnic 'outbidding', however the exploration of the impact an under-studied audience has on conflict-parties' actions has obvious application for practical conflict-resolution.

Highly recommended for political scientists, policy-makers & conflict-resolution practitioners.
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