Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Bosnia: Divide and Fall? Bosnia in the Annals of Partition

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Bosnia: Divide and Fall? Bosnia in the Annals of Partition

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Divide and Fall? Bosnia in the Annals of Partition, by Radha Kumar. London and New York: Verso, 1997. xvi + 168 pages. Notes to p. 187. Gloss. to p. 190. Index to p. 207. $22.

Reviewed by David Nissman

In Radha Kumar's detailed and well-argued study, the question is raised whether partition is a valid solution to ethnic conflict. She points out the consequences in other countries and regions where partition has been applied throughout this century, such as Cyprus, Northern Ireland, India and Palestine. While recent history has provided no modern examples in which partition has led to a lasting peace, it is being applied again in Bosnia. The consequences of the international efforts in this regard have been making headlines in the world media throughout this decade.

As Kumar points out, the outbreak of war in June 1991 on the Bosnian-Croatian border was an effort to establish contiguous Serb-held territories. Such an ethno-territorial contiguity requires by its nature large population transfers. When these were involuntary, the next step in the process led inevitably to "ethnic cleansing." By the same token, the war in Croatia was intense, not only because of the large Serb population but because it was concentrated in areas adjoining the multiethnic republic of Bosnia. …

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