Since the Dayton Peace Agreement at the end of 1995, Bosnia-Hercegovina has been the focus of a major international intervention to transform a deeply divided post-war territory into a politically viable, multi-ethnic and democratic state. This study places that state-making enterprise within the context of Bosnia's complex historical legacy - the background to the `Bosnian question' that emerged as Yugoslavia unravelled in 1991-2, and the social and political realities at ground level in post-war Bosnia. At the same time, Sumantra Bose brings a comparative perspective to the issues that make contemporary Bosnia significant far beyond its contested borders - debates over partition, the efficacy of international peace-building interventions, and the suitability of particular political-institutional frameworks to longer-term goals of coexistence and democratisation. c. 300pp. April 2002 Hbk: 1-85065-645-2 40.00
Sumantra Bose is Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow in Government at the London School of Economics, specialising in conflict and democratisation in divided societies. His previous books include The Challenge in Kashmir (1997) and States, Nations, Sovereignty: Sri Lanka, India and the Tamil Eelam Movement (1994).
Contents: An Important and Complex Place: Bosnia after Dayton - A State by International Design? Liberal Internationalism Confronts the `Balkans' - Partition in Modern Times: Bosnia in Comparative Perspective - Mostar, 1994-2001: Nationalist Partition and International Intervention in a Bosnian Town - Building Democracy amid Division: The Institutional Framework of the Dayton State - Post-Yugoslav Futures: Lessons from (and for) International Intervention.