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WESTERN BALKANS in genere

  • Civil Society
    • Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, James Ker-Lindsay and Denisa Kostovicova, Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans, Series: New Perspectives on South-East Europe, Palgrave Macmillan 2013. This book examines the ambiguous role played by civil society in state-building, democratisation and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans. In doing so, it challenges the received wisdom that civil society is always a force for good. Civil society actors have helped create the conditions for new, more constructive relations inside and between former Yugoslav countries. But, their agency has also rekindled nationalism hindering efforts to rebuild the region after the conflicts of the 1990s. The book demonstrates that diverse civil society effects cannot be captured without querying both the nature of civil society and the complexity of the ongoing transformation. So how can the emancipatory role of civil society be harnessed? This rigorous case study-driven reappraisal of the ability of civil society to support progressive transformation from an illiberal regime to democracy and from conflict to peace will be a valuable resource to scholars and practitioners alike.

ALBANIA

BULGARIA

fYROM

GREECE

  • Muslim Minority
    • Kevin Featherstone, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Argyris Mamarelis and Georgios NiarchosThe Last Ottomans: The Muslim Minority of Greece 1940-1949, Series: New Perspectives on South-East Europe, Palgrave Macmillan 2012 [English]. Why, when faced with a brutal occupation and then a bloody civil war, did the Muslims on Greece’s border with Turkey remain passive? The Lausanne Treaty of 1923 had recognized them as a vulnerable minority and there were a number of international and local factors that might have led to ethnic conflict. This first in-depth historical study of the minority explores the puzzle of the absence of conflict, the complex patterns of identity of the minority, and the strategic relevance of this community to the international relations of a region long seen as a powder-keg. It is based on extensive Greek, Turkish and Bulgarian archive materials, many of which have not been analysed before, as well as the official documents of the British and US governments and personal interviews with many of those who lived through these events. The Last Ottomans traces a fascinating, untold story and tells it through an inter-disciplinary lens, raising important questions of relevance not only to the 1940s but also to the inherited assumptions and images of today.

SERBIA

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