Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation

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Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation is the first book to go behind the public face of war and into the closed worlds of the key players in the conflict. After years of research and hundreds of interviews, Laura Silber, Balkans correspondent for the Financial Times, and Allan Little, award-winning BBC journalist, present a vivid account of the war drawn from its participants and eyewitnesses - citizens, soldiers and politicians. Challenging the conventional wisdom that the war occurred as a spontaneous and inevitable ...
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Overview

Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation is the first book to go behind the public face of war and into the closed worlds of the key players in the conflict. After years of research and hundreds of interviews, Laura Silber, Balkans correspondent for the Financial Times, and Allan Little, award-winning BBC journalist, present a vivid account of the war drawn from its participants and eyewitnesses - citizens, soldiers and politicians. Challenging the conventional wisdom that the war occurred as a spontaneous and inevitable eruption of ethnic hatreds, the authors expose, from the shelling of Dubrovnik to the peace talks in Dayton, a plan to divide the country by force of arms. Could anything have been done to prevent this terrible tragedy? What will be its lasting effects? Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation explains how we arrived at the atrocities that no one could imagine in the euphoria surrounding the collapse of the Berlin Wall in late 1989.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781575000053
  • Publisher: TV Books, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 12/20/1995
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps 8
Cast of Characters 15
Abbreviations 24
Note on Pronunciation
Introduction 25
Ch. 1 This is Our Land: The Stirring of Serb Nationalism 31
Ch. 2 No One Should Dare to Beat You: The Rise of Slobodan Milosevic April 1987-December 1987 37
Ch. 3 No Way Back: The Slovene Spring, 1988 48
Ch. 4 Comrade Slobodan, Think Hard: Milosevic's Anti-Bureaucratic Revolution July 1988-March 1989 58
Ch. 5 Tsar Lazar's Choice: March 1989-January 1990 70
Ch. 6 A Croatian Rifle on a Croatian Shoulder: The Awakening of Croatia 1989-1990 82
Ch. 7 The Remnants of a Slaughtered People: The Knin Rebellion January-August 1990 92
Ch. 8 You've Chosen War: The Arming of Slovenia and Croatia April 1990-January 1991 105
Ch. 9 If We Don't Know How to Work, At Least We Know How to Fight: The Decisive Month March 1991 119
Ch. 10 The Descent into War: Croatia and the Serbs February-June 1991 134
Ch. 11 Conversations of the Deaf: The Last Chance Squandered May-June 1991 147
Ch. 12 The Hour of Europe has Dawned: Slovenia's Phoney War June-July 1991 154
Ch. 13 An Undeclared and Dirty War: The JNA in Croatia July-December 1991 169
Ch. 14 Yugoslavia a la Carte: Lord Carrington's Plan September 1991-January 1992 190
Ch. 15 Before the Deluge: July 1990-March 1992 205
Ch. 16 The Gates of Hell: The Outbreak of War in Bosnia April 1-10, 1992 222
Ch. 17 The President is Kidnapped: May 2-3, 1992 231
Ch. 18 The Cleansing: The Summer of 1992 244
Ch. 19 We are the Winners: The London Conference May-December 1992 258
Ch. 20 The Hottest Corner: The Fall of Srebrenica and UN Safe Areas April 1993 265
Ch. 21 Last-chance Cafe: The Rise and Fall of the Vance-Owen Plan January-May 1993 276
Ch. 22 Beware Your Friend a Hundred-Fold: The Muslim-Croat Conflict 1992-1994 291
Ch. 23 The HMS Invisible: Talks at Sea, Summer 1993 303
Ch. 24 A Question of Control: The Market Square Bomb and the NATO Ultimatum February 1994 309
Ch. 25 Gaining Moral Ground: The Washington Agreement February 1994 319
Ch. 26 To the Mogadishu Line: The Battle for Gorazde, April 1994 324
Ch. 27 A Dagger in the Black: The Serbian Split June 1994 335
Ch. 28 The Fall of Krajina: August 1995 345
Ch. 29 A Pax Americana? 355
Ch. 30 Conclusion 366
Acknowledgements 373
Index 375
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Designed and Decided by the West

    This book of the disintegration of Jugoslavia is very detailed, nicely organized, and easy to read one. It covers the step-by-step death of Jugoslavia, and like many reviewers I found biases dragging all over the book as if the Muslims are saints and the Serbs devils. The blame on Milosevic is constant, but the blame of Tudjman does not exist. How good or bad Milosevic is/was, it was designed and decided by the USA and the Western Europe¿same like in Irag, with once Western darling Saddam Hussein and suddenly the evil, the demon. The ethnic differences in Jugoslavia were created and provoked by the USA and the Western Europe ONLY by corrupting the Balkans governments in search for more markets for their collapsing empires and places for their oil tubes for their SUV's and poluted fat ways of living.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Possibly a Five-Star

    This is an incredibly well-researched, very thorough discussion of the disintegration of Jugoslavia. The extensive footnotes, list of parties and organizations involved, and other supplemental material make it very easy to follow the entire story. If anything, the book is too thorough, plodding-on, explaining the entire step-by-step death of Jugoslavia, ensuring all factors are explained and all parties recognized. Unlike some other reviewers, I did not detect an anti-Serb bias. This book does (very strongly) place a great deal of the blame on Milosevic. I found it oddly sympathetic with Mladic; something I have a hard time understanding. I also felt that the book gives Kucan a good deal of blame for scheming to end Jugoslavia. I do think that the book does not paint Tudjman as dark as I think he actually was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    Anti-Serb Propaganda!

    I read this book a few days ago, and while it very good describes how the war started, and the happenings that provoked the fall of the Communists, it is very pro-muslim oriented, and profoundly anti-Serb, especially the descriptions of the falls of some Bosnian cities. However the first 5 chapters are excellent.

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