Featured weekly article: Towards an Explanation for the Bosnian Genocide of 1992–1995

Towards an Explanation for the Bosnian Genocide of 1992–1995

By Marko Attila Hoare

Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 516-532

 

Introduction

Scholarly interest in genocide has grown exponentially over the past two decades, due largely to two high-profile genocides during the first half of the 1990s: the genocide in Rwanda of 1994 and, in particular, the genocide in Bosnia-Hercegovina of 1992-95. Yet, paradoxically, the Bosnian genocide has inspired relatively little original research from scholars outside of Bosnia-Hercegovina itself. This article will examine the existing literature while suggesting a theoretical and historical framework by which the genocide might be understood. It will examine how far the genocide can be explained through internal versus external causes, ideological determination versus contingency, and short-term versus long-term factors.

 

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