The Death of Yugoslavia
"The Death of Yugoslavia is the first account to go behind the public face of battle and into the closed worlds of the key players in the war. Laura Silber, Balkans correspondent for the Financial Times, and Allan Little, award-winning BBC journalist, plot the road to war and the war itself. They pinpoint the key events that occurred in the capitals of Belgrade and Zagreb, and in villages ravaged by 'ethnic cleansing', and draw on eye-witness testimony, scrupulous research and hundreds of interviews to give unprecedented access to the facts behind the media stories. Challenging the received wisdom that the war occurred as a spontaneous and inevitable eruption of ethnic hatreds, the authors expose, step-by-step, a plan to divide the country by force of arms." "Could anything have been done to prevent this terrible tragedy? What will be its lasting effects? The authors consider these questions and assess the present situation and its implications for future international relations."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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The question of the status of Kosovo became the most pressing concern .
Although ninety per cent Albanian , Kosovo was regarded by Serbs as the cradle
of their civilisation . It was the seat of the Serbian church , the Patriarchate at Peć .
Stambolić had already visited Kosovo on 6 April , 1986 , when more than 10 000
local Serbs gathered to protest against the arrest of the activist , Bulatović . A year
later , aware that the situation could boil over , Stambolić gave his protegé ...
He then realized that , by seizing this agenda , he could become the Serbian
leader . Through pressure ... In order to make their point , 3000 Kosovo Serbs
gathered in Pioneer Park , across from the federal parliament , in the heart of
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rocketjk - LibraryThing
This history by two BBC correspondents does a very good job of presenting the chronology and events of this massive deadly tragedy. The book deftly separates the many different threads of nationalism ... Read full review
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Very enjoyable single volume history of the break up of Yugoslavia. The book is well written and the chapters are logically structured and not too long. The coverage is comprehensive and, in my view, written with very little political or ethnic bias. Read full review