Breaking the South Slav Dream: The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia

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This book provides a revisionist history of the rise and fall of Yugoslavia. Assessing the geo-political and geo-strategic reasons for its creation and dismemberment, it is an important corrective to much contemporary theorising about the destruction of the Yugoslav state. In particular Kate Hudson draws attention to the role of foreign states whose involvement in Yugoslavia did much to destabilise the region, and explains how and why this happened. Tracing the state's origins from 1918 through war and the Tito years, she explains the distortion of the socialist economy resulting from Yugoslavia's unusual position between the two Cold War blocs, and the economic collapse of the 1980s as part of the US's drive for a free market. She also investigates the true causes and effects of the recent wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and brings the book up-to-date with an analysis of Milosevic's downfall, and events in Macedonia and Montenegro.

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‘has the potential to reopen the debate over the collapse of Yugoslavia, thus establishing the title as an original contribution to the ongoing discussion on the Balkans ... a very valuable addition’ --Vassilis Fouskas, Kingston University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745318820
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2003
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Hudson is Principal Lecturer in Russian and East European Politics at South Bank University. She is editor of Contemporary Politics, and author of European Communism since 1989.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The 'first' Yugoslavia: origins and problems 8
Yugoslavism and the origins of the state 9
The war and its outcome 12
Economic challenges in nation-building 15
Political challenges in nation-building 18
Peasants and communists 20
Absolute rule 23
2 The Second World War 26
The eve of war 27
Division and occupation 29
Resistance 31
The cost of the war 37
3 The Tito years 39
Establishing the new state 40
The split with the Soviet Union 42
Self-management 45
Non-alignment 48
Nations and constitutions 50
Reasserting communist authority 54
4 Economic assault: the 1980s and the US drive for a free market 56
Economic instability 58
Political instability 62
The question of Kosovo 64
Milosevic 68
5 Crisis response 73
Political change in Slovenia 75
Multi-party elections 78
Breakdown 82
Slovenian secession 86
6 War: the first wave - Croatia 89
International interests 91
Conflict with the JNA 92
Negotiation and recognition 98
7 War: the second wave - Bosnia 103
The question of Islam 105
The build-up to war 109
The war begins 112
The final stages 119
The Dayton Accords 120
8 War: the third wave - Kosovo 123
The KLA and the move towards war 124
Rambouillet and the legality of the attack 127
The NATO bombardment 131
Kosovo after the war 135
9 Bringing down Milosevic and what came after 138
Politics in Serbia 139
The presidential election of 2000 144
Macedonia and Montenegro 149
10 Victors' justice? The trial of Slobodan Milosevic 152
The charges 154
Background 156
The trial 162
Racak 167
Rambouillet 169
An 'insider' witness 170
Notes 171
Index 182
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