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Yesterday's victims, today's perpetrators?: Considerations on peoples and territories within the former Ottoman empire

Yesterday's victims, today's perpetrators?: Considerations on peoples and territories within the former Ottoman empire
Yesterday's victims, today's perpetrators?: Considerations on peoples and territories within the former Ottoman empire
This article seeks to place the conflict in present?day Bosnia within a historical context. It does this by comparison with other areas within the former Ottoman empire, particularly where emerging national movements have contended for, the same territory. Ethnic cleansing and genocide have resulted on several occasions. But victims have ? usually on a smaller scale ? also become perpetrators. Part of the problem, it is argued, is the very concept of the nation?state, which demands people?homogeneity and, therefore, either the forcible assimilation or removal of competing ‘national’ groups. A rethinking founded on pluralism, diversity and federal structures is posited as the best hope for the future avoidance of such conflicts.
0954-6553
444-461
Levene, Mark
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Levene, Mark
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Levene, Mark (1994) Yesterday's victims, today's perpetrators?: Considerations on peoples and territories within the former Ottoman empire. Terrorism and Political Violence, 6, 444-461. (doi:10.1080/09546559408427275).

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This article seeks to place the conflict in present?day Bosnia within a historical context. It does this by comparison with other areas within the former Ottoman empire, particularly where emerging national movements have contended for, the same territory. Ethnic cleansing and genocide have resulted on several occasions. But victims have ? usually on a smaller scale ? also become perpetrators. Part of the problem, it is argued, is the very concept of the nation?state, which demands people?homogeneity and, therefore, either the forcible assimilation or removal of competing ‘national’ groups. A rethinking founded on pluralism, diversity and federal structures is posited as the best hope for the future avoidance of such conflicts.

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Published date: 1994
Organisations: History

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Local EPrints ID: 397060
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397060
ISSN: 0954-6553
PURE UUID: 1d9078c0-f1ec-491e-9724-997e727162aa

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