Kosovo: A Short History

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Pan, 2002 - 492 pages
From the author of the critically acclaimed Bosnia: A Short History comes a 'magisterial work of history' TLSBy the early-1980s Kosovo had reached a state of permanent crisis and military occupation, and it became the main focus for the revival of Serbian nationalism. This book traces the history of Kosovo, examining the Yugoslavian conflict, and the part played by Western Europe in its destruction. 'This is a profound and important book, essential reading for those who wish to understand either the complex history or the present politics of Yugoslavia.' Hugh Trevor-Roper, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A dreadnought of a book, all big guns, covering the whole history of Kosovo, with an authority that is often breathtaking and never oppressive.' Norman Stone, SUNDAY TIMES

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Did you know that you can find this book at the fiction section at your local library, and that is exactly the place where the book belong , so many author's fantasies and misinterpretation of historical evidences and facts are written on those 492 pages so that it could not possibly belong to the history/current affairs section. The author even managed to rename Nemanjic dynasty into Nemanjid dynasty ( possibly to make it sound more Albanian) so you can then imagine what he has cooked up with less known historical facts...All in all , if you do not have a stomach for similar " work of arts" -try to avoid reading the book. 

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A thorough history of an area which gets little coverage in the history section of most bookshops. Unfortunately, Kosovo has been the subject of much myth and rivalry and nationalist mythmaking; a significant percentage of the text is dedicated to debunking these - but always reliant on careful use of sources rather than rhetoric.
It strikes just the right balance between readability and meticulous detail.
I would strongly recommend this book to anybody with a general interest in European (or even Ottoman) history.
 

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About the author (2002)

Noel Malcolm is a British columnist, writer and editor who was born in 1956. He was educated at Cambridge University and was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1981 to 1988. Malcolm left teaching to become the Foreign Editor of the Spectator and a political columnist for London's Daily Telegraph. Malcolm has written Bosnia: A Short Story, which puts the Bosnia-Hercegovina conflict into historical context and Kosovo: A Short Story, which outlines its history from medieval Serb state into modern times.

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