Burn This House: The Making and Unmaking of Yugoslavia / Edition 2

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With Muslim, Croatian, and Serbian journalists and historians as contributors, Burn This House portrays the chain of events that led to the recent wars in the heart of Europe. Comprised of critical, nonnationalist voices from the former Yugoslavia, this volume elucidates the Balkan tragedy while directing attention toward the antiwar movement and the work of the independent media that have largely been ignored by the U.S. press. Updated since its first publication in 1997, this expanded edition, more relevant than ever, includes material on new developments in Kosovo.
The contributors show that, contrary to descriptions by the Western media, the roots of the warring lie not in ancient Balkan hatreds but rather in a specific set of sociopolitical circumstances that occurred after the death of Tito and culminated at the end of the Cold War. In bringing together these essays, Serbian-born sociologist Jasminka Udovicki and Village Voice Washington correspondent James Ridgeway provide essential historical background for understanding the turmoil in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo and expose the catalytic role played by the propaganda of a powerful few on all sides of what eventually became labeled an ethnic dispute.
Burn This House offers a poignant, informative, and fully up-to-date explication of the continuing Balkan tragedy.

Contributors. Sven Balas, Milan Milosevi´c Branka Prpa-Jovanovi´c, James Ridgeway, Stipe Sikavica, Ejub Stitkovac, Mirko Tepavac, Ivan Torov, Jasminka Udovicki, Susan Woodward

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This glorious and expertly edited, collaborative volume is one of the best guides to understanding the Yugoslav war of 1991–1995, providing readable historical background and balanced analyses of the war.”—Sabrina P. Ramet, HMJ School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle
Library Journal
This anthology is based on the premise that authors from the former Yugoslavia have yet much to teach us about their country's tragedy. The result is a collection of rich insights drawn from the history of Ottoman rule through the burdens of implementing the Dayton Accords. Specialists will particularly applaud articles revealing the critical importance of the current opposition press in Croatia and Serbia. Susan Woodward (Brookings), the single non-Yugoslav contributor, adds an excellent chapter on foreign involvement in the early phases of the conflict. Other contributors sharpen our image of the overall situation by demolishing the "ancient hatreds" thesis of violent conflict and identifying President Tudjman's "ultranationalism" as the "single most important ideological resource" for Serbia's Milosevic. Editor Udovicki's concluding plea for the West to enunciate clearly a "firm universal principle" of minority rights is compelling. Highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.Zachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ.-Erie
Times Literary Supplement
A superb collection. . . . The courage, vigour and fair-mindedness which have survived in so many Yugoslavs through years of war and hysterical propaganda are all on display in Burn This House, by far the best book on the conflict that I have read so far. . . . True to its subtitle, this book gives a masterly account of the making as well as the unmaking of Yugoslavia. . . .–-(Richard West, Times Literary Supplement)
Slavic and East European Journal
[A] solid collection of articles for non-specialists. . . .-–(Julia Mitric, Slavic and East European Journal)
Holt Uncensored
The early chapters make the impossibly dense history of the Balkan peninsula clear at last, while fresh insights abound about Yugoslavia’s birth ‘in the chaos and blood of World War I’ and about the Tito regime during and following World II. . . . By the time we get inside the present-day Balkans, we’ve learned how to see past the nationalistic slogans of politically controlled media and into the kind of ethnic cleansing only those who live there can adequately describe. . . . [Y]ou’ll know why this war is never going to be ‘over.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822325901
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jasminka Udovicki is Professor of Sociology at the Massachusetts College of Art.

James Ridgeway is Washington correspondent for the Village Voice.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Bonds and the Fault Lines 11
The Making of Yugoslavia: 1830-1945 43
Tito: 1945-1980 64
The Interlude: 1980-1990 80
The Media Wars: 1987-1997 108
The Army's Collapse 130
Croatia: The First War 153
Bosnia and Hercegovina: The Second War 174
International Aspects of the Wars in Former Yugoslavia 215
The Resistance in Serbia 245
The Opposition in Croatia 265
Conclusion 279
Bibliography 317
Contributors 323
Index 325
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