The Destruction of Yugoslavia: Tracking the Break-up 1980-92

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Verso, 1993 - Broj stranica: 366
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The year 1992, scheduled to be a milestone on the road to European unity, saw Sarajevo and other European cities bombarded slowly to pieces and their inhabitants starved before the TV eyes of the world. It saw two million Bosnian Muslims threatened with Europe's first genocide since the Second World War; most of them already driven from their homes by massacre, rape and terror. It saw Bosnia's legal, multi-ethnic government treated as a mere “warring party” and pressed to surrender by Western governments eager for peace at any price. And it also saw a liberal and left opinion in the West unable to offer any explanation for the continuing war beyond variations on the racist notion of an innate propensity for violence among the peoples of Yugoslavia, or indiscriminate lamentations about the evils of nationalism.

Combining political analysis, reportage, polemic and personal reflection, this book provides the first inside account and analysis of the tragic path leading to Yugoslavia's break-up. Against the background of events as they occurred since Tito's death in 1980, it tracks the process whereby an equitable settlement between the country's constituent nations was destroyed by an increasingly virulent Great-Serb nationalism, bent on recentralizing the country under its own hegemony.

The book is written not by a passive spectator but by a participant with a firm grasp of Yugoslavia's history, which accounts for the breadth of its content. As the decade it covers draws to a close, Branka Magaš's initial cautious optimism changes to a growing intimation of impending tragedy, and finally to outrage at the slaughter visited upon Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina by the Serbian army, with the tolerance or complicity of Western chancelleries. The Destruction of Yugoslavia represents a unique documentary testimony to Yugoslavia's regression towards disintegration, war, and the horrors of “ethnic cleansing;” a testimony which is frighteningly accurate.
 

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So significant an event as the dissolution of socialist Yugoslavia and the ensuing war will surely be a matter of controversial interpretation. The strength of this book lies in its rich detail and ... Pročitajte cijelu recenziju

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Introduction
3
Kosovo between Yugoslavia and Albania
15
Nationalism Captures the Serbian Intelligentsia
49
Introduction
77
Reverberations of the Polish Coup
84
A New Stage in the Crisis
105
Awaiting the Future
115
Brief Notes on a Visit to Yugoslavia 18 May to 1 June
122
The Generals Manifesto
266
The Undoing of Yugoslavia
275
Youth Rebel against Milosevic
281
Yugoslavia in Trouble
287
European Parliament
290
Letter to The Guardian on the Coup
297
A Requiem for Yugoslavia
303
Memorandum for the British Media
310

Democracy and the National Question
137
Introduction
159
Breakup
179
Civil War in Yugoslavia?
218
Introduction
241
Yugoslavia Goes into a Penalty ShootOut
254
The Slide towards Civil War
260
A Country Unravels
317
War Returns to Yugoslavia
327
The War in Yugoslavia
336
Balkanization or Lebanization?
346
To Be Against the War in Yugoslavia Means Opposing
356
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