The Balkans: People in Conflict

The Balkans: People in Conflict

by Chelsea House Publications, Hal Marcovitz

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Gr 8-10-This book focuses on the Balkan states that were part of Yugoslavia before 1991 and their historical and contemporary conflicts. Four chapters focus on men who have been accused of war crimes: Zeljko Raznatovic, who was gunned down in a hotel in 2000; Slobodan Milosevic, who is currently on trial in The Hague; and Radovan Karadzic, who is still at large. A chapter entitled "The Field of Blackbirds" provides a historical sketch from that battle fought against the Ottoman Turks in 1389 through Milosevic's speech at the battle site in 1987. The painful story of Sarajevo and the bitter struggles in Kosovo are told in other chapters, and readers learn more about the role of the aforementioned figures. However, a few sweeping statements are potentially misleading, especially those that misconstrue the historical sequence of events. For example, following a description of the breakup of the Soviet Union, the text reads, "The tidal wave against communism spread to the Eastern European countries-" when, in fact, most of the countries in the region overthrew their leaders two years before the Soviet Union was dissolved. Even Croatia and Slovenia had declared their independence six months earlier. Tito and his independent course between the superpowers is discussed briefly, but no mention is made of events that indicated the rise of ethnic nationalism even during those years. Nevertheless, the book provides a good overview of the conflicts between the Serbs and their neighbors, including the Kosovars. Informative maps and full-color photographs enhance the presentation.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign

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Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
People at Odds Series
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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