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Discourses, actors, violence
The organisation of war-escalation in the Krajina region of Croatia 1990–91

This chapter attempts to investigate the interplay between the hostile and threatening public discourses, the action of political leaders, and the subsequent violent events in the Serbo-Croatian conflict in the Krajina region in Croatia. Special attention was given to the changing interpretations of the threatening situation within the communities involved and to the role of institutional reform and institutional formation in the process of societal transformation. The leader-follower-oriented perspective was chosen to avoid the hypothesis that conflict escalation was inevitable. The analysis of the year before the outbreak of open war in June 1991 was sub-divided into three sections, focusing on distinct phases in the development. The sections were the popularisation and institutionalisation of national frontlines, the mobilisation for violent conflict resolution, and the importance of the potential of war.

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