Wartime Legacies

Adam Moore

in Peacebuilding in Practice

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780801451997
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780801469565
Wartime Legacies

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This chapter illustrates how one of the most important, yet least understood, aspects of peacebuilding is the influence of wartime social and political processes. However, one weak point of this method is the problem of evidence, as information about wartime processes is often fragmentary, hidden, or contested. The cases of Brcko and Mostar show the difficulty of identifying significant wartime legacies. On the surface, the most significant war legacies appear to be the ones the two towns have in common: both were sites of extensive violence and ethnic cleansing, and remained highly contested spaces even after the fighting ceased. Yet, for all their evident similarities, the unfolding local dynamics of the war and postwar period produced political conditions in Brcko that were more favorable for compromise and reform than in Mostar.

Keywords: wartime legacies; peacebuilding process; Brcko; Mostar; ethnic cleansing; postwar period; wartime socio-political processes

Chapter.  7619 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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