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Ideas and Identities

A Festschrift for Andre Liebich

Edited By Jaci Eisenberg and Davide Rodogno

This volume gathers contributions at the intersection of history and politics. The essays, covering such topics as diverse as Italian identity in the Tientsin concession, international refugee policies in the interwar period and after, and the myths and realities of the Ukrainian-Russian encounter in independent Ukraine, show that history provides better grounding as well as a more suitable paradigm for the study of politics than economics or other hard sciences. All of the contributors have a common link – doctoral work supervised and shaped by Professor Andre Liebich – but have since expanded widely in the world. Hence, the authors of this work at once share a common base and yet benefit from diverse viewpoints.
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Apologizing for Srebrenica: The Declaration of the Serbian Parliament, the European Union, and the Politics of Compromise: Jasna Dragović-Soso

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Apologizing for Srebrenica: The Declaration of the Serbian Parliament, the European Union, and the Politics of Compromise1

JASNA DRAGOVIĆ-SOSO

On 31 March 2010, the Serbian parliament adopted a Declaration on Srebrenica, condemning the massacre of some 8,000 Bosniak men by Bosnian Serb forces and Serbian paramilitaries in July 1995 − one of the worst crimes of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and the only one so far condemned by international justice institutions as genocide. Defining the declaration as “historic” and “the first of its kind in the region,” Serbia’s president Boris Tadić − the main force behind this declaration − argued that, with it, Serbia had “demonstrated the courage to be the first to apologize for heinous atrocities that were committed by all sides in the Yugoslav civil wars” and taken the lead in regional reconciliation.2 According to Tadić, Serbia’s apology had “opened the door for others to step through, in the hope that we can together build a prosperous and inclusive future as members of the European Union [EU] − our central strategic priority.”3 The Serbian parliament’s Declaration on Srebrenica has widely been viewed as a positive step in the country’s process of confronting its recent past and a signal of Serbia’s commitment to the liberal democratic values that are meant to be underpinning EU accession. Analysts have portrayed it as a “political landmark” that makes denial of the Srebrenica massacre more difficult to sustain4 and as “a turning point in a process whereby a...

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