Since the regime of Slobodan Milosevic was spectacularly overthrown on 5 October 2000, little has been written about subsequent political developments in Serbia. The perception of Milosevic as a criminal leader who plunged the former Yugoslavia into bloodshed and used violence to achieve his aims is not widely disputed among Western observers. However, to what extent is this view of Milosevic shared by people in Serbia? Here Janine Clark offers insights into and an understanding of this troubled country. She argues that many Serbs do not regard Milosevic as a criminal leader but rather as a 'bad' leader whose greatest crimes were against his own people. This has important implications for how Serbia deals with its past and for reconciliation and peace-building in the former Yugoslavia.
Janine N. Clark is a Leverhulme Fellow in the International Politics department at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Nottingham at the end of 2005 and an ESRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship which she completed in 2007. As part of her work on peace-building, the politics of memory, international war crimes and restorative justice, she is now working on judicial and religious paths to peace-building in the former Yugoslavia.
Preface; Chapter One: The Background and Rationale; Chapter Two: Everyday Life under the Milosevic Regime; Chapter Three: Milosevic Through the Eyes of the Serbs; Chapter Four: The Death of Milosevic; Chapter Five: Serbian Collective Denial and Collective Guilt; Chapter Six: Some Implications of the Interview Data; Chapter Seven: Serbia after Milosevic; Conclusion.