Through Bosnian Eyes: The Political Memoir of a Bosnian Serb

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Purdue University Press, 2004 - 253 pages
Concurrent with the dawn of multiparty politics in 1990, Mirko Pejanovic emerged in Bosnia-Herzegovina as the leader of the Socialist Alliance. His organization was in charge of implementing policies of the League of Communists. This memoir, beginning in 1990, tells the story of his experiences as a public and political leader. Through Bosnian Eyes covers a decade of Pejanovic's service. His role in public life was characterized by an unwavering commitment to national equality and strong convictions regarding the nature of a multiethnic Bosnia-Herzegovina. As a participant in the most important political events of the time, and as a colleague of every major political leader, the author conveys a personal history that is memorable for its insights into the neglected world of Serbs who remained loyal to the nation in trying times.
 

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Contents

On the Eve of Political Pluralism
13
Ante Markovięs Failure
27
The Election Coalitions
33
The Triumph of the National Parties
43
The Civic ParliamentProtest against the War
53
Secret Mission to Krajišnik
59
The presidential Platform and Its Destiny
73
The Bosnian Army and Its First Comander Sefer Halilovię
85
The Geneva Peace Talks
159
The Vance Owen Peace Plan
169
The OwenStoltenberg Plan for a Union of Three Republics
177
The SGV Its Foundation Principles and Activities
187
Wartime Visits to Moscow and Belgrade
197
Joint Action for Dayton by the SGV and the HNV
209
The Dayton Peace Agreement
219
The Serb National Question in Bosnia
225

Kecmanovię Goes to Belgrade
101
HercegBosna A New Political Fact
115
The Fate of Serbs in the Cities
129
Haris Silajdžię
153
Constitutional Change
233
Index
239
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Page 2 - Republican particularism, albeit in the hands of the governing League of Communists, accelerated in the late 1980s with the growing prospect of democratic pluralism. Since a single nationality dominated in all republics but Bosnia-Herzegovina, nationalism often reinforced the autonomist ambitions of leaders in those republics. Prospects...
Page 19 - ... lead to the issue of whether national identity should be focused on or avoided. 7 Discussion about the issues described here consumed the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout June and July 1990. The final package of acts and Constitutional amendments was enacted on July 31, 1990. 8 The 1974 Constitution of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina incorporated the socialist-era notion of "constituent nations," each of which enjoyed specific rights of cultural development, political representation,...
Page 2 - The Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a socialist democratic state and socialist self-administered democratic community of working peoples and citizens, nations of Bosnia-Herzegovina— Muslims, Serbs, and Croats, and members of other nations and nationalities living therein.

About the author (2004)

Mirko Pejanovic was born and raised in the Bosnian town of Matijevici. He graduated from and became a professor of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo. In March of 1990, he was elected president of the Socialist Alliance for Bosnia-Herzegovina. He has published more than 150 professional works and holds the position of president of the Serb Civil Council for the Movement of Equality.

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