Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War

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Brookings Institution Press, 1. tra 1995. - Broj stranica: 556
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Yugoslavia was well positioned at the end of the cold war to make a successful transition to a market economy and westernization. Yet two years later, the country had ceased to exist, and devastating local wars were being waged to create new states. Between the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the start of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in March 1992, the country moved toward disintegration at astonishing speed.

The collapse of Yugoslavia into nationalist regimes led not only to horrendous cruelty and destruction, but also to a crisis of Western security regimes. Coming at the height of euphoria over the end of the cold war and the promise of a "new world order," the conflict presented Western governments and the international community with an unwelcome and unexpected set of tasks. Their initial assessment that the conflict was of little strategic significance or national interest could not be sustained in light of its consequences. By 1994 the conflict had emerged as the most challenging threat to existing norms and institutions that Western leaders faced. And by the end of 1994, more than three years after the international community explicitly intervened to mediate the conflict, there had been no progress on any of the issues raised by the country's dissolution.

In this book, Susan Woodward explains what happened to Yugoslavia and what can be learned from the response of outsiders to its crisis. She argues that focusing on ancient ethnic hatreds and military aggression was a way to avoid the problem and misunderstood nationalism in post-communist states. The real origin of the Yugoslav conflict, Woodward explains, is the disintegration of governmental authority and the breakdown of a political and civil order, a process that occurred over a prolonged period. The Yugoslav conflict is inseparable from international change and interdependence, and it is not confined to the Balkans but is part of a more widespread phenomenon of politic

 

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Review: Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution After the Cold War

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The best book read so far that gives you the most comprehensive description of what happened beyond (or behind) military/civilian pawns in the battlefield. You can read facts, figures, list of events ... Pročitajte cijelu recenziju

Review: Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution After the Cold War

Izvješće korisnika/ca  - Goodreads

The best book read so far that gives you the most comprehensive description of what happened beyond (or behind) military/civilian pawns in the battlefield. You can read facts, figures, list of events ... Pročitajte cijelu recenziju

Sadržaj

Introduction
1
The Bases of Prewar Stability
21
The Politics of Economic Reform and Global Integration
47
Escalation
82
Interrupted Democratization The Path to War
114
Western Intervention
146
The Right to National SelfDetermination
199
War Building States from Nations
223
Stopping the Bosnian War
273
The Dynamic of Disintegration and Nationalist War
333
Conclusion
374
Appendix
401
Notes
425
Index
521
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O autoru (1995)

Susan L. Woodward is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution and the author of Socialist Unemployment: The Political Economy of Yugoslavia, 1945-1990 (Princeton University Press). During much o

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