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Title: British media, parliamentary and military accounts of the war in Bosnia 1992-95
Author: Dowling, J. P.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2003
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This dissertation concerns two very different representations of the war in Bosnia 1992-95, labelled here as Complexity and Simplicity. The former represented the Balkans in general and Bosnia in particular as places with a troubled and violent history, populated by people predisposed to ethnic violence, for whom the international community could do little and from whom it would do well to stay away from. The latter represented the war as the result of political choices made by politicians in Serbia. Although these two paradigms have been identified and examined before, existing explanations for such disparate interpretations of the war in Bosnia remain unsatisfactory. This dissertation focuses on British accounts of the war. It assesses the processes by which those representations were produced, and why Simplicity failed to overturn the complex consensus in Britain during the period. That assessment involves the description and documentation of the functional constraints and political agenda of those who witnessed or analysed the war. In addition, this research draws on the work of Vesna Goldsworthy to examine the cultural and literary factors that influenced British writers and speakers when representing Bosnia. Chapter one is a treatment of the representation of the battle for Sarajevo as disseminated by the UN. Chapter two analyses the simple work of those journalists who challenged the UN representation of the battle for Sarajevo. Chapter three assesses the ways in which intelligence was gathered and mismanaged away from the very public contest seen in Sarajevo, and in the first two chapters. Chapter four examines the role of the British army in representing the war, and chapter five with the ways in which the war correspondents and defence writers portrayed the British military deployment to Bosnia and the larger war in that country. Lastly, chapter six concerns the enunciation and defence of government policy in the House of Commons, as well as the ways in which simple opposition to that policy was organised and effectively sabotaged.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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