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My Truth, Your Truth—Our Truth? The Role of History Teaching and Truth Commissions for Reconciliation in Former Yugoslavia

My Truth, Your Truth—Our Truth? The Role of History Teaching and Truth Commissions for... Edith Marko-Stöckl * My Truth, Your Truth—Our Truth? Th e Role of History Teaching and Truth Commissions for Reconciliation in Former Yugoslavia History, or rather the misuse of history by politicians and the media, so-called ‘ethnic entrepreneurs’, but also historians who have allowed themselves to be instrumental- ized, were a driving factor in infl aming the ‘ethnic hatred’ in former Yugoslavia. Th us it is no wonder that British laureate Eric Hobsbawm compared the power potential of historians in the midst of the cruel Yugoslav wars with that of nuclear scientists and the IRA’s bomb factories. As a consequence of ethnomobilization and these wars with ethnic cleansing, various war crimes and other atrocities committed, societies in this region remain deeply divided. Th is article therefore tries to elaborate on concepts of reconciliation in respect to the role of remembrance versus forgetting the times of war. From an epistemological perspective, the question will be posed of whether ‘truth’ as such can be established as a prerequisite for reconciliation eff orts or whether it is only possible to develop understanding for diff erent narratives of the events. Th e response to this problem has practical consequences: a detailed empirical analysis of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

My Truth, Your Truth—Our Truth? The Role of History Teaching and Truth Commissions for Reconciliation in Former Yugoslavia

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90001639
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Edith Marko-Stöckl * My Truth, Your Truth—Our Truth? Th e Role of History Teaching and Truth Commissions for Reconciliation in Former Yugoslavia History, or rather the misuse of history by politicians and the media, so-called ‘ethnic entrepreneurs’, but also historians who have allowed themselves to be instrumental- ized, were a driving factor in infl aming the ‘ethnic hatred’ in former Yugoslavia. Th us it is no wonder that British laureate Eric Hobsbawm compared the power potential of historians in the midst of the cruel Yugoslav wars with that of nuclear scientists and the IRA’s bomb factories. As a consequence of ethnomobilization and these wars with ethnic cleansing, various war crimes and other atrocities committed, societies in this region remain deeply divided. Th is article therefore tries to elaborate on concepts of reconciliation in respect to the role of remembrance versus forgetting the times of war. From an epistemological perspective, the question will be posed of whether ‘truth’ as such can be established as a prerequisite for reconciliation eff orts or whether it is only possible to develop understanding for diff erent narratives of the events. Th e response to this problem has practical consequences: a detailed empirical analysis of

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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