"yugoslavia", identity politics & ethno-nationalism
Bryan A. Alexander
bnalexan at umich.edu
Wed Aug 9 11:04:14 MDT 1995
One problem with local referenda - they can lead to fits of ethnic
cleansing. This happened after the promulgation of the canton peace
plan: some Croats and Serbs decided to boost their chances in such votes
by eliminating voters.
Department of English
University of Michigan
On Tue, 8 Aug 1995, Paul Cockshott wrote:
> The holding of local referenda is the only way in which
> border disputes can be settled democratically. Far from being
> impractical, such referenda have taken place under international
> supervision, I mentioned the Saarland - jointly claimed by
> France and Germany and also the former British Cameroun,
> disputed between Nigeria and the Cameroun republic.
> Provided that the areas in which the referenda are held
> are relatively compact and contiguous to borders there
> is in principle no problem. The alternative in the case
> of the Saar was another Franco German war.
> As to Jugoslav identity, as Han said, many people
> identified themselves as such - including many who are
> now refugees in Western Europe.
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