Kosovo: War and Revenge / Edition 2

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This is a revealing account of how Kosovo became the crucible of one of the twentieth century's most poisonous ethnic conflicts. Written by a seasoned journalist who witnessed the Balkan conflagration and its aftermath, the book presents a gripping analysis of the origins of the Serb-Albanian conflict, the course of the battle, the issues and personalities, and options for the future. In this second edition Tim Judah updates the story to, and beyond, the fall of Milosevic.

Author Biography: Tim Judah has broadcast about Kosovo and has written about it for many newspapers. He is also the author of the prizewinning book The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (paper ISBN 0-300-07656-8).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The war in Kosovo, Judah points out in his latest account of Balkan politics, didn't begin in 1999. A journalist covering the region for an array of Western publications (the Times of London, the New York Review of Books) throughout the 1990s, Judah (The Serbs) could see that Kosovo was on the brink of explosion--but until something tangible did erupt, his editors wouldn't print anything about it. In 1999, gruesome violence did erupt, culminating in NATO's 78-day bombing campaign. Now, having reported that conflict from the ground, Judah takes a step back to explore its roots in the events of the early 1980s and 1990s. Although not as strong as Noel Malcolm's 1998 book Kosovo: A Short History, Judah's work is an excellent addition to the literature about the Balkans. Drawing on both his firsthand experiences in the region and on secondary literature--and interspersing narrative history with journalistic accounts of warfare and fleeing refugees--he reflects on the longstanding local political struggles and the West's miscalculations. Along the way, he critically profiles Milosevic, NATO leaders (who thought this little war would last only a few days) and the Kosovo Liberation Army (whose own violent revenge began to sweep over Kosovo after the bombing ended). Well researched and melancholy, the book suggests that the bombing campaign was "a war of human error," in which "all the actors, in Serbia and in the West, just made mistake after mistake." This is an excellent introduction to the latest phase of Balkan warfare. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the 1999 war in Kosovo, these works represent a worthy first draft of history. Freelance correspondent Judah explores the historical context underlying the Kosovo conflict and explains why NATO went to war in the misguided belief that a brief air campaign would force Slobodan Milosevic to buckle. He attributes the outbreak of war largely to human error on both sides: Serbian leaders refused to admit that their position in Kosovo was untenable, while the West sacrificed its credibility by repeatedly issuing empty threats of force and drastically underestimated the resolve of Belgrade to withstand a few days' bombardment. Ignatieff, a BBC commentator and eyewitness to the war, examines the troubling aspects of what he calls "virtual" war. Modern technology has made the West virtually unbeatable on the battlefield, while evolving notions of human rights have legitimized intervention in the affairs of sovereign states. Yet the detachment of Western citizens from recent wars, compounded by the widespread revulsion for casualties, dictated an ineffective military strategy in Kosovo. Allied aircraft delivered their munitions from 15,000 feet in order to prevent the loss of aircraft and crews. Thus, NATO military operations never addressed the political objectives justifying the war--notably, protecting Kosovar Albanians from Serb forces in the province. Ignatieff's thoughtful analysis helps explain why the West has seldom been able to back its lofty ideals with decisive force. Both works are strongly recommended for all libraries.--James R. Holmes, Ph.D. Candidate, Fletcher Sch. of Law and Diplomacy, Belmont, MA, Copyright 2000 CahnersBusiness Information.\
An intelligent, readable book, written with speed and verve by a conscientious reporter with a strong sense of history...
The Economist
Ivo Banac
A judicious account of the Kosovo issue…. Everything worth knowing about contemporary Kosovo is included in this evenhanded book.
Foreign Affairs
Richard Crampton
Since Judah completed this book, much has changed in Kosovo...Were Judah to cover these events in a second edition, one can only hope that he would do it with the same skill, insight and expertise which he has deployed here.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300097252
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,326,946
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii
Acknowledgements ix
Preface xii
Introduction: Kossovo Day xvii
1 History: War by Other Means 1
2 Slobodan.Milosevic@gov.yu 33
3 Phantom state 61
4 Homeland Calling 99
5 Friends from the woods 135
6 Quoth the Raven, `Nevermore' 164
7 Agreement for Peace 197
8 You will bomb us 227
9 We will win. Period. Full stop 266
10 Tomorrow's Masters of Kosova 286
Appendix One: Kosovo population censuses 1948-1991 313
Appendix Two: UN Security Council Resolution 1244 314
Notes 322
Select bibliography 334
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