Knowledge and acknowledgement in Serbia's response to Srebrenica

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This article considers some post-Milosevic Serbian responses to the Srebrenica massacre. The focus is on responses which contain strategies of denial or which broadly attempt to explain or justify the massacre without engaging critically with the atrocity itself. These responses are by no means uniform, nor are they the only ones which are available in Serbia. They provide the focus of this article because their presence has usually been misinterpreted as Serbia's failure to come to terms with the past. As this article argues, the existence of denial strategies in politics is predominantly pragmatic, whilst in the media and in private individual narratives are part of a larger process of starting to re-examine the past. This article will focus on several illustrative instances from politics and the media, as well as an individual witness responses, in order to demonstrate the extent to which Srebrenica is still in the process of being understood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Srebrenica
  • post-Milosevic Serbia
  • war crimes
  • atrocities
  • denial
  • coping strategies


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