Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal

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Acknowledgments

In July 2002 we were both in Tuzla, Bosnia, conducting field research in Zvornik and Doboj. Our days were busy with interviews of international officials and local politicians, as well as visits to returnee settlements in Republika Srpska. What we were encountering was disquieting and disturbing: returnees struggling to rebuild houses in places where those involved in their earlier violent displacement still retained positions of power. One hot day we decided to visit the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) facility in Tuzla. We knew about it because we had become good friends in Sarajevo with Katharyne Bomberger, the indefatigable director of ICMP. We were glad to step into a cool building, but what we entered was a giant refrigerated facility that contained the disinterred remains of hundreds of victims of the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995. The smell of putrefaction hung in the air. Walking through that massive fridge in Tuzla, we learned about the dirty and difficult work that ICMP and local staff do on a daily basis. The human remains on the rows of shelves in Tuzla and the human stories of returnees in the region were connected for us viscerally that day. That connection deepened on a cold March day in 2004 when we stood before a former mass grave site, then the largest discovered in Bosnia, that was just a few kilometers from the returnee villages we

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  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents xv
  • Figures xvii
  • Tables xix
  • Abbreviations xxi
  • Introduction - Ethnic Cleansing and Return as Geopolitics 3
  • 1 - Yugoslavia’s Violent Dissolution 20
  • 2 - A Distinctive Geopolitical Space 46
  • 3 - Polarization and Poison 83
  • 4 - Ethnic Cleansing 112
  • 5 - Persistent Ambivalence 142
  • 6 - Early Battles over Returns 167
  • 7 - Building Capacity 194
  • 8 - Rule of Law 228
  • 9 - Localized Geopolitical Struggles 256
  • 10 - Did Ethnic Cleansing Succeed? 293
  • List of Interviews 321
  • Appendix 327
  • Notes 337
  • References 411
  • Author Index 441
  • Subject Index 446
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