Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency

Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency

by Henry H. Perritt Jr.
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University of Illinois Press


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Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency

The military intervention by NATO in Kosovo was portrayed in American media as a necessary step to prevent the Serbian armed forces from repeating the ethnic cleansing that had so deeply damaged the former Yugoslavia. Serbia trained its military on Kosovo because of an ongoing armed struggle by ethnic Albanians to wrest independence from Serbia. Warfare in the Balkans seemed to threaten the stability of Europe, as well as the peace and security of Kosovars, and yet armed resistance seemed to offer the only possibility of future stability. Leading the struggle against Serbia was the Kosovo Liberation Army, also known as the KLA.

Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency provides a historical background for the KLA and describes its activities up to and including the NATO intervention. Henry H. Perritt Jr. offers firsthand insight into the motives and organization of a popular insurgency, detailing the strategies of recruitment, training, and financing that made the KLA one of the most successful insurgencies of the post-cold war era. This volume also tells the personal stories of young people who took up guns in response to repeated humiliation by "foreign occupiers," as they perceived the Serb police and intelligence personnel. Perritt illuminates the factors that led to the KLA's success, including its convergence with political developments in eastern Europe, its campaign for popular support both at home and abroad, and its participation in international negotiations and a peace settlement that helped pave the long road from war to peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252033421
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 07/18/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Henry H. Perritt Jr. is a professor of law and director of the graduate program in financial services law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is the author of numerous law review articles and books on international relations and law, technology and law, and employment law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Faces of the KLA and Its Kosovar Antagonists     13
Building and Maintaining Public Support     25
Recruiting Fighters and Commanders     36
Avoiding Annihilation, Taking Advantage of Milosevic     46
The KLA at War     61
Financing     88
Training     100
Supplying     110
Shaping International Reaction     130
Postwar Politics: The KLA at the Ballot Box     152
The KLA in the Dock     167
Conclusion     181
Acronyms and Organization Names     185
Roster of Key Individuals     189
Notes     195
Bibliography     207
Index     211

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