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The Milošević TrialAn Autopsy$
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Timothy Waters

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795840.001.0001

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The Parting of Ways

The Parting of Ways

Public Reckoning with the Recent Past in Post-Milošević Serbia

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(p.389) 27 The Parting of Ways
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The Milošević Trial
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Jasna Dragović-Soso

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795840.003.0027

This chapter examines a debate generated by the Milošević trial within Serbia's liberal intelligentsia. The 2002 Vreme debate exposed the existence of two alternative narratives of the Serb experience of the wars of the 1990s; two approaches to the question of responsibility for the crimes committed in those wars; and two deeply opposed visions of the role played by the West in Serbia's democratic transition. The debate offers important insights into why the impact of courts in transitional societies is not as straightforward as their advocates might hope.

Keywords:   Vreme debate, Serbia, criminal trials, transitional societies, Slobodan Milošević

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