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Kai Erikson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106671

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106671.001.0001

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War Comes to Pakrac

War Comes to Pakrac

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(p.344) War Comes to Pakrac
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The Sociologist's Eye
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Kai Erikson

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106671.003.0017

This chapter examines the impact of the civil war in Yugoslavia on the people of a town in Croatia called Pakrac. Croatia and Serbia went to war in the summer of 1991 after the former, home to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Serbs, seceded from what was left of the original Yugoslavia. The chapter first describes the events and developments that let to the collapse of Yugoslavia before discussing how neighbors got dragged in the conflict in Pakrac and elsewhere in Yugoslavia in a way that is peculiar to civil war. It then considers how the people who had once shared a countryside in relative harmony descended into bitterness and hatred and even acts of slaughter. It also explores the role played by the media in stirring up national resentments across Yugoslavia and concludes with an overview of what Pakrac was like in the years after the war.

Keywords:   civil war, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Pakrac, Serbia, Serbs, neighbors, media

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