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The Resource Blue helmets and black markets : the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo, Peter Andreas

Blue helmets and black markets : the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo, Peter Andreas

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Blue helmets and black markets : the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo
Title
Blue helmets and black markets
Title remainder
the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo
Statement of responsibility
Peter Andreas
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The 1992-1995 battle for Sarajevo was the longest siege in modern history. It was also the most internationalized, attracting a vast contingent of aid workers, UN soldiers, journalists, smugglers, and embargo-busters. The city took center stage under an intense global media spotlight, becoming the most visible face of post-Cold War conflict and humanitarian intervention. However, some critical activities took place backstage, away from the cameras, including extensive clandestine trading across the siege lines, theft and diversion of aid, and complicity in the black market by peacekeeping forces. In Blue Helmets and Black Markets, Peter Andreas traces the interaction between these formal front-stage and informal backstage activities, arguing that this created and sustained a criminalized war economy and prolonged the conflict in a manner that served various interests on all sides. Although the vast majority of Sarajevans struggled for daily survival and lived in a state of terror, the siege was highly rewarding for some key local and international players. This situation also left a powerful legacy for postwar reconstruction: new elites emerged via war profiteering and an illicit economy flourished partly based on the smuggling networks built up during wartime. Andreas shows how and why the internationalization of the siege changed the repertoires of siege-craft and siege defenses and altered the strategic calculations of both the besiegers and the besieged. The Sarajevo experience dramatically illustrates that just as changes in weapons technologies transformed siege warfare through the ages, so too has the arrival of CNN, NGOs, satellite phones, UN peacekeepers, and aid convoys. Drawing on interviews, reportage, diaries, memoirs, and other sources, Andreas documents the business of survival in wartime Sarajevo and the limits, contradictions, and unintended consequences of international intervention. Concluding with a comparison of the battle for Sarajevo with the sieges of Leningrad, Grozny, and Srebrenica, and, more recently, Falluja, Blue Helmets and Black Markets is a major contribution to our understanding of contemporary urban warfare, war economies, and the political repercussions of humanitarian action
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
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Andreas, Peter
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • United Nations
  • United Nations
  • Siege of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina : 1992-1996)
  • United Nations
  • Smuggling
  • Black market
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Black market
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Smuggling
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
Label
Blue helmets and black markets : the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo, Peter Andreas
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Aftermath
  • 7. Extensions
  • Conclusions
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. The Longest Siege
  • 2. Imposing the Siege
  • 3. Sustaining the Siege
  • 4. The Siege Within
  • 5. Lifting the Siege
Control code
ocn726824185
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 208 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801458286
Lccn
2008013721
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801458286
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4scvs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824185
Label
Blue helmets and black markets : the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo, Peter Andreas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Aftermath
  • 7. Extensions
  • Conclusions
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. The Longest Siege
  • 2. Imposing the Siege
  • 3. Sustaining the Siege
  • 4. The Siege Within
  • 5. Lifting the Siege
Control code
ocn726824185
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 208 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801458286
Lccn
2008013721
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801458286
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4scvs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824185

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