MINELRES: Fwd: New Publication: Politics of Ethnic Cleansing

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Thu Apr 10 19:39:23 2008


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Klejda Mulaj, Politics of Ethnic Cleansing: Nation-State Building and
Provision of In/Security in Twentieth-Century Balkans, Lanham, MD:
Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.


Order Book from Amazon: 
http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=balkanacademi-21&l=as2&o=2&a=0739117823


This book sheds light on the causes and consequences of ethnic cleansing
in twentieth-century Balkans with particular reference to the former
Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Providing a thorough and consistent analysis of
large-scale episodes of ethnic cleansing in modern Balkan history,
Politics of Ethnic Cleansing fills an important gap in existing conflict
and peace studies literature. Offering a top-down interpretation of the
expulsion of ethno-national minorities as a means of state-building, the
analysis rests on a fresh, multidimensional approach, which provides an
eclectic discussion of nationalism, politics, and security. This book
establishes an agenda for policymaking and future research by making
specific proposals for clearing up the present ambiguities in
international humanitarian law related to ethnic cleansing, rethinking
humanitarian intervention with a view to restoring the long-term
viability of the target states, and repudiating the argument for forced
homogenization as a conflict resolution strategy.


A major book  learned but never pedantic. The author provides a
thought-provoking, humane, and incisive guide to one of the terrible
practices of modern politics. She has a rare, imaginative grasp of an
unimaginably harsh period of history  our own.

Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations at the London
School of Economics and Political Science

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