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Killing the dead: the logic of cemetery destruction during genocidal campaigns

Krikler, Noa (2023) Killing the dead: the logic of cemetery destruction during genocidal campaigns. Nations and Nationalism, 29 (4). 1338 - 1354. ISSN 1354-5078

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Identification Number: 10.1111/nana.12956


This paper contends that cultural destruction during genocidal campaigns is a dimension of genocide itself and is evidence of the intent to completely erase the targeted group from existence. It focuses on a powerful, yet under-examined, form of cultural violence, namely the destruction of cemeteries and graveyards. My argument will be demonstrated through the localised case study of the town of Zvornik, Bosnia–Herzegovina, and the destruction of two Muslim cemeteries that took place there during genocidal campaigns against the Muslim communities of Bosnia–Herzegovina in the 1992–1995 war.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2023 15:06
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 21:12

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