It has been two decades since Yugoslavia fell apart. The brutal
conflicts that followed its dissolution are over, but the legacy of
the tragedy continues to unsettle the region. Reconciliation is a
long and difficult process that necessitates a willingness to work
together openly and objectively in confronting the past. Over the
past ten years the Scholars' Initiative has assembled an
international consortium of historians, social scientists, and
jurists to examine the salient controversies that still divide the
peoples of former Yugoslavia. The findings of its eleven research
teams represent a direct assault on the proprietary narratives and
interpretations that nationalist politicians and media have
impressed on mass culture in each of the successor states. Given
gaps in the historical record and the existence of sometimes
contradictory evidence, this volume does not pretend to resolve all
of the outstanding issues. Nevertheless, this second edition
incorporates new evidence and major developments that have taken
place in the region since the first edition went to press. At the
heart of this project has always been the insistence of the authors
that they would continue to reconsider their analyses and
conclusions based on credible new evidence. Thus, in this second
edition, the work of the Scholars' Initiative continues. The
broadly conceived synthesis will assist scholars, public officials,
and the people they represent both in acknowledging inconvenient
facts and in discrediting widely held myths that inform popular
attitudes and the electoral success of nationalist politicians who
profit from them. Rather than rely on special pleading and appeals
to patriotism that have no place in scholarship, the volume vests
its credibility in the scientific credentials of its investigators,
the transparent impartiality of its methodology, and an absolute
commitment to soliciting and examining evidence presented by all
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• Thomas A. Emmert
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