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Grassroots groups, Milošević or dissident intellectuals? A controversy over the origins and dynamics of the mobilisation of Kosovo Serbs in the 1980s

Vladisavljević, Nebojša (2004) Grassroots groups, Milošević or dissident intellectuals? A controversy over the origins and dynamics of the mobilisation of Kosovo Serbs in the 1980s. Nationalities Papers, 32 (4). pp. 781-796. ISSN 0090-5992

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0090599042000296113

Abstract

The mobilisation of Kosovo Serbs, barely noticeable from the capital initially but highly visible at the centre political stage between 1986 and 1988, played an important part in the political struggles of the late socialist Yugoslavia. The prevailing view in the literature is that Kosovo Serbs were little more then passive recipients of the attitudes and actions of high officials and dissident intellectuals. The elite thesis says that Belgrade-based dissident intellectuals initiated and guided the mobilisation of Kosovo Serbs, aiming to undermine the party's approach to Yugoslavia's national question and to initiate reassessment of the official policy on Kosovo and Serb–Albanian relations. According to the thesis, Milošević then took over and orchestrated the action of various groups of Kosovo Serbs in order to make the case for the removal of Kosovo's autonomy. The intellectuals and Milošević have generally supported this interpretation, claiming their role in the events leading to the constitutional change to the disadvantage of Kosovo Albanians in 1989–1990.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2004 Association for the Study of Nationalities
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2008 10:58
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2019 15:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/17236

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