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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That day , Rugova , fragile and unsure , waited for the hand of Belgrade to tighten its grip over Kosovo . After the March , 1989 , constitutional amendments , Serbia was far more powerful than the other republics .
In Vukovar , two weeks of hand - to - hand fighting followed . ... By 17 November , the entire town , save for a few pockets of resistance , most notably that of the hospital itself , was in Serb - JNA hands .
The bridges at Brčko and Šamac were already destroyed , the bridge in Gradiška was in Serb hands , also at Novi . Each day the Serbs got closer . ... We got some 50 rifles more and about 200 hand - grenades , which was funny .
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cwhouston - LibraryThing
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