Comparing and contrasting propaganda in Serbia and Croatia from 1986 to 1999, this book analyses each group's contemporary interpretations of history and current events. It offers a detailed discussion of Holocaust imagery and the history of victim-centred writing in nationalist theory, including the links between the comparative genocide debate, the so-called Holocaust industry, and Serbian and Croatian nationalism. There is a detailed analysis of Serbian and Croatian propaganda over the Internet, detailing how and why the Internet war was as important as the ground wars in Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina, and a theme-by-theme analysis of Serbian and Croatian propaganda, using contemporary media sources, novels, academic works and journals.
and Croatian propaganda
succeeded in spite of itself.
In reviewing Serbian and Croatian nationalist propaganda from the
collapse of Yugoslavia until the beginning of 1999, the presence of Fall and
persecution imagery was an obvious corollary to the horrific groundwars
that began after 1991. Myth-makers performed a crucial role in legitimating
the rise of Serbian and Croatian nationalism, as well as in excusing the many
violent acts of statecraft that flowed from the expansionist designs of Franjo
Tudjman and Slobodan Milošević. Clearly, we live in an age when
15 Thomas Zitelmann observed this in Ethiopia (cf. Zitelmann 1993; Eckert et al. 1999).
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Allen, T. (1999), ‘War, genocide and aid’, in G. Elwert, S. Feuchtwang and D. Neubert
(eds), Dynamics of Violence. Processes of Escalation and De-Escalation in Violent Group
Conﬂicts (Berlin), 177–202.
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Duﬃeld, M. (1997), ‘Ethnic war and international
wound of a rotten field in Vietnam.1
Oliver Stone penned these words, not as part of some reflective
memoir of his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War, but
immediately upon return from his first trip to Saigon in 1965
where, during a year away from his studies at Yale University, he
had done nothing more dangerous than work as an English teacher
in a Catholic school. US forces had begun arriving in Vietnam during that year as part of a dramatic escalation, although the groundwar that would engulf American foreign policy for the next decade
was not yet