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Introduction Part 1: Nation and Myth in Public and Political Discourse The Rise of the 'National We': Reconfiguring Serbian Nationalism Kosovo and 'Heavenly Serbia': National Mythology in Culture and Politics, 1980s-Present 'Coming to Terms with the Past' Twelve Years after Ethnic Conflicts Part 2: National Mythology and Common Sense in Conflict Narratives Narrating Ethnic Conflicts and the NATO Air Strikes Victimhood and Threat in Conflict Narratives Blame Attribution and Conspiracy Theory as Causes of Conflicts Part 3: 'The Nation' and Denial of War Crimes Aspects and Mechanisms of Denial Milosevic and Mladic as Defenders of the Nation Conclusion
Jelena Obradovic is a Researcher at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, UK.
'Scholars of transitional justice, denial and Southeastern Europe will welcome this deft examination of how ordinary citizens in Serbia understand the atrocities committed during the wars of succession in the former Yugoslavia. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik unpacks the perceived "silences" surrounding the crimes committed in the region, identifying why and how current efforts to "come to terms with the past" often have little resonance. This first book by a talented writer makes an important contribution to the existing literature and will be of interests to activists, policymakers and scholars.' - Lara J. Nettelfield, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London