Constructing a Truth Regime: The 1999 NATO Intervention in Serbian Political Memory

The aim of this chapter is to understand how and why the local truth regime concerning the NATO intervention outlived the political regime that created it.

Here we probe not only the system of power that created the truth regime around the NATO intervention in Serbia, but also the system that maintained, developed, and diffused it after Milošević’s fall in October 2000.

We further look beyond the narrative’s coercive, institutional, and structural power dimension to capture its productive aspects, especially its power to create and reproduce collective identities.

In particular, we trace how alternative scripts about the NATO intervention were silenced, disciplined, or marginalized over the past two decades, and to what political effect.

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