In this reply to Sergej Flere's response entitled '"Secession", has someone mentioned secession? Once again about the causes of the break-up' it is pointed out that only around 500 words out of 6400 words of his response deal with the initial article 'Secession, Violence and Reason of State' (Političke Perspektive 2/2013),. Flere does not dispute the general account of secession nor the description of secessions from the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia and its 'successors' which are offered in the initial article. But he claims that the article espouses a realistic viewpoint according to which secession is reduced only to the control over territory and to those power-seeking individuals who want to gain that control; and that the article views the break-up or the end of Yugoslavia only as a series of secessions. The present reply shows that Flere's claims are unfounded: the initial article discusses a variety of aspects of secession, including the populations' grievances and their mobilization and therefore does not espouse the above 'realistic' viewpoint. Further, in the initial article there is no mention of the break-up of Yugoslavia and hence there is no suggestion as to how this break-up should be analysed; the article offers no views on this matter. At the end of the reply a brief reference is made to a few publications by Aleksandar Pavković which deal with this topic under the headings of 'fragmentation' or 'disintegration' or 'dissolution' of the Yugoslav federation. Flere's response is in fact a review article on a topic of the break-up of Yugoslavia – the topic with which Pavković's initial article does not deal at all.
|Translated title of the contribution||A Little bit of secession, but nothing about the break up: a response to Sergej Flere|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- secessions from SFR Yugoslavia
- secessionist grievances
- break-up of Yugoslavia