Preachers of Hatred and Deformation of History: The Case of Ethno-Mobilization in Kosovo

Preachers of Hatred and Deformation of History: The Case of Ethno-Mobilization in Kosovo Southeastern Europe 34 (2010) 38–54 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187633309X12563839996586 brill.nl/seeu Preachers of Hatred and Deformation of History: Th e Case of Ethno-Mobilization in Kosovo Benedikt Harzl European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano Abstract Th is article attempts to explain how the destructive force of deliberate nationalism in the former Yugoslavia helped to politicize confl ict along ethnic lines, and how belong- ing to an ethnic group became socially relevant during the twilight of the Yugoslav Federation through the example of Kosovo. Based on a constructivist approach, the Yugoslav federal system, which intentionally left a vacuum as regards historical reap- praisal and thereby contributed to the outbreak of ethnic confl ict, will be analyzed. Furthermore, reasons will be discussed as to why this federative system was, in the end, too weak and ill-constructed to positively intervene against violence. Subsequently, the purpose of this article, to defi ne the respective nationalisms of both Serbs and Albanians, will be rounded off with a conclusion and summarizing arguments. Keywords ethno-mobilization , Yugoslav ethnic engineering , reconstruction of history , Kosovo , Serbia , national myths Introduction Ethnic confl icts, or confl icts which bear a specifi c ethnic coloring, follow http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Europe Brill

Preachers of Hatred and Deformation of History: The Case of Ethno-Mobilization in Kosovo

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0094-4467
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1876-3332
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10.1163/187633309X12563839996586
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Southeastern Europe 34 (2010) 38–54 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187633309X12563839996586 brill.nl/seeu Preachers of Hatred and Deformation of History: Th e Case of Ethno-Mobilization in Kosovo Benedikt Harzl European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano Abstract Th is article attempts to explain how the destructive force of deliberate nationalism in the former Yugoslavia helped to politicize confl ict along ethnic lines, and how belong- ing to an ethnic group became socially relevant during the twilight of the Yugoslav Federation through the example of Kosovo. Based on a constructivist approach, the Yugoslav federal system, which intentionally left a vacuum as regards historical reap- praisal and thereby contributed to the outbreak of ethnic confl ict, will be analyzed. Furthermore, reasons will be discussed as to why this federative system was, in the end, too weak and ill-constructed to positively intervene against violence. Subsequently, the purpose of this article, to defi ne the respective nationalisms of both Serbs and Albanians, will be rounded off with a conclusion and summarizing arguments. Keywords ethno-mobilization , Yugoslav ethnic engineering , reconstruction of history , Kosovo , Serbia , national myths Introduction Ethnic confl icts, or confl icts which bear a specifi c ethnic coloring, follow

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Southeastern EuropeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: YUGOSLAV ETHNIC ENGINEERING; SERBIA; RECONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY; NATIONAL MYTHS; KOSOVO; ETHNO-MOBILIZATION

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