By David Bruce Macdonald
Balkan Holocausts? compares and contrasts Serbian and Croatian propaganda from 1986 to 1999, examining every one group's modern interpretations of heritage and present occasions. It deals an in depth dialogue of holocaust imagery and the historical past of victim-centered writing in nationalism thought, together with the hyperlinks among the comparative genocide debate, the so-called holocaust undefined, and Serbian and Croatian nationalism. No stories on Yugoslavia have so far dedicated major area to such research.
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Balkan holocausts?: Serbian and Croatian victim-centred propaganda and the war in Yugoslavia (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis) by David Bruce Macdonald