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Bosnia: The weaponisation of history2019062920190630 (WS)

Serbian leaders manipulated myth and memory during the Bosnian war to incubate a violent loathing of Muslims - a hatred that inspires today's far-right. BBC journalist Allan Little unpicks the mechanics of hatred, and reveals how this dangerous emotion has been whipped up and disseminated throughout history.

He begins with the hatred he witnessed on the killing fields of the Bosnian War, deconstructing how Serbian leaders like Slobodan Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic manipulated and weaponised history to inculcate a violent loathing that would lead to the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica.

Photo: A Bosnian Muslim woman grieves at the Srebrenica Memorial Cemetery in Potocari Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

How anti-Muslim hatred was mobilised during the Bosnian war

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Rwanda: The Warped Solidarity Of Hate2019070620190707 (WS)

Allan Little explores how a relentless propaganda campaign fuelled the genocide in Rwanda. We hear how a radio station helped create a perverse moral climate where killing your neighbour felt like the right thing to do. With the help of psychologists and genocide experts, he learns how human beings can be primed to believe that murderous hatred is a virtue, and that eliminating your colleagues and even your friends is a civic duty.

How propaganda convinced people to believe genocidal murder was a civic duty

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Vietnam: Hatred In The Name Of Liberty2019071320190714 (WS)

Allan Little examines how military training led many American soldiers to hate not just the Communist army they were fighting, but the entire Vietnamese population. This hatred would spur many to commit atrocities against civilians.

We learn how a country founded on the ideals of the Enlightenment drew on misogyny and racism to drill conscripted soldiers in violent hatred, both in training and as they pushed through the jungles and villages of Vietnam.

Archive comes from the film Winter Soldier, produced by the Winterfilm Collective and distributed by Milliarium Zero and Milestone Films.

How military training led many American troops to hate the entire Vietnamese population

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history