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The Death of Yugoslavia

The Death of Yugoslavia The Death of Yugoslavia is a survey of the pressures and events that contributed to the break up of former Yugoslavia considered from a historical rather than a political or sociological point of vie

  • Title: The Death of Yugoslavia
  • Author: Allan Little Laura Silber
  • ISBN: 9780140261684
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Death of Yugoslavia is a survey of the pressures and events that contributed to the break up of former Yugoslavia, considered from a historical rather than a political or sociological point of view.

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    1. Some of my updates still seem timely, but this edition, published not long after the war had ended, feels a bit like educated guesswork. That might make for exciting expose if it were written as a building mystery, but the book is clearly intended to be research and documentation. Not sure what details have emerged in the intervening 18 years, but I will say that this edition begins very late in history, with Tudjman's rebellion against Tito's anti-ethnic version of authoritarian communism. It's [...]

    2. An exhaustive chronicle of the Yugoslav Wars up until 1995, written by two journalists and substantiated by interviews with many of the main protagonists. As such an admirable and marathon task, acquitted honourably. However, 20 plus years later the weaknesses of such an approach are revealed. Firstly, writing such a book before the war was over necessarily meant that it missed the great upheavals of the second half of 1995 that brought an end to the conflict - the VRS offensives that led to Sre [...]

    3. This book is a survey of the pressures and events that contributed to the break-up of former Yugoslavia, considered from a historical rather than a political or sociological point of view.It is hard to comprehend that these events happend at my doorstep, in my lifetime - but it did and it forever changed my lifeThanks to ruthless and greedy politicians, my country is still in chaos and still savagely trying to pick itself up from the gutter- still no luckThis book broke my heart all over again

    4. This is an incredible, detailed account of the history of "Yugoslavia", from 1987 to 1990s, as it crumbled sadly into bitter nationalism. It was refreshing to see Silber and Little tackling the notion that this was "inevitable" and that these people were destined to commit genocide [by the way, ethnic cleansing was introduced as a phrase from this region, at this time:]. For one, as the authors point out, it's a mockery of history, skewed by our hindsight. Secondly, it excuses the atrocities of [...]

    5. A detailed account of Yugoslavia’s slide into madness. My friend, who is a Croatian recommended this book to me to gain an overall understanding of the conflict. This book is packed with names, excerpts from interviews with key political figures, generals, UN peacekeeping commanders, dates and key events which triggered the war and the spark which ignited the inferno that eventually caused 7 nations to be carved out in blood.The book is convincing in pushing the argument that the Yuglosav war [...]

    6. I'll start with a couple of concessions as to why this book isn't perfect, but hopefully I can then explain why it still gets 5 stars.First, before reading this book I didn't know much about the Yugoslav wars, at most it was a footnote to other areas of knowledge - NATO strikes showed that international intervention could work for example. What this means is that when I say 'I now kind of understand what happened in Yugoslavia', what I mean is 'I now kind of understand what this book told me abo [...]

    7. I read this book as an entry point for research relating to my next literary project. It proved a solid overview of the conflicts and the socio-political context that lead to the Yugoslav wars. However, the authors themselves admit that their attempt to provide this overview necessitates some simplification; some aspects are completely -- almost jarringly -- left out, such as the case of Macedonia. I would have liked to see more investigation into the cases of Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. T [...]

    8. This was quite confusing at times, given the way it split the conflict into different subjects and events that later turned out to be happening concurrently. All those weird names were difficult too - remembering which nation they belonged to and which side they were onI had said previously that news events don't really exist for me until all the dust has settled and someone has written a book about it. The conflict in Yugoslavia was like that. It was all over the news, but to my pre-teen self i [...]

    9. The information in this book is remarkable, and it is packed with important names and dates. It does a thorough job of explaining the politics behind the Yugoslav wars in the '90's, and it provided so many details that it was easy to recreate an idea of the situation in Yugoslavia during this time. That being said, this book was incredibly dense and at times frustrating. While I understand that books of this magnitude which strive to explain every aspect of an event will be packed with informati [...]

    10. If, like me, you found following the ever shifting landscape of alliances in the political theatre confusing in the extreme, books like this are a real godsend, providing historical perspective to a period of immense and unimaginable upheaval in the southern Balkans. Needless to say, it's a fantastically engrossing account of a terrible half decade which saw Croats and Serbs at each others throats and in shady alliance by turn, all with awful consequences for the Muslims of Bosnia.It's as balanc [...]

    11. This is an excellent background to the utterly confusing history of the Balkan wars. It is the first account that made me understand what happened, and why. They authors have achieved this by a sublime act of journalism: facts, just facts, without any bias, which achieve more than any emotionally charged account could ever do. You walk away with a deep sense of outrage about how much went wrong in this tragic episode of humanity, clearly seeing who were the main perpetradours and who were the ma [...]

    12. A great book to understand the complexities of the civil war which followed the slow demise of Tito's Yugoslavia. It helps to break down the usual simplistic notions of 'Muslims vs Serbs vs Croats' into the finer nuanced colors which necessarily color such complicated wars. It's disappointing the war does not get more publicity as it demonstrates how quickly and badly things can go wrong in seemingly calm multi-cultural societies. Almost as important, the book provides enough details about the i [...]

    13. This is the book that covers the comprehensive BBC series of the same name. Both were written during the bloody civil war and while they do attempt to gain the perspectives from all parties involved the book suffers from most 'at the time' writings in that it does not allow for historical perspective. That being said, when I read this book, it was fresh from the print and much of what is covered was tragically only recent. So at the time it was crucial and relevant to understand a terrible part [...]

    14. A very good journalistic account of the events of the early 1990s leading to the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the wars that followed. The authors spread blame for the events around to numerous groups rather than writing a good versus evil narrative. The root cause identified by the authors for the end of Yugoslavia is the re-emergence of Slovene, Serbian and Croatian nationalism in the late 1980s. Starting with the emergence of nationalist movements, the book moves through accounts pf t [...]

    15. I decided to re read after an excellent week's holiday in Croatia. I went to Dubrovnik where there were a number of memorials to those killed in the bombardment of the old town, as well as a number of copies of this book in a Dubrovnik bookshop. This is still a fascinating and (thought? anger?) provoking read on the greatest tragedy in Europe since the last war, mainly due to the inclusion of interviews with most of the main participants. It has been so long since I last read this, the story sti [...]

    16. A must read if you want to know about or visit the former Yugoslavia (which I recommend). I read it during my second tour in Sarajevo for SFOR. Learn about the sheer vindictiveness of the warring parties, you will agree there is evil in the world. There were no good guys in this war, only the less bad. Having close Slovenian friends, I may not be objective, but the seccession of Slovenia is the only bright spot in the entire episode.

    17. Outstanding for its insight and interviews with the central actors in the conflict that broke up Yugoslavia after Tito's death. Parallel history with NATO's involvement and lead up into the discovery and trials for mass killings.

    18. A very comprehensive account of the conflict. Reminds me eerily of what is happening in Syria now: unreported sieges, the "to do air strike or not to" dilemma, refugees turned extreme groups, how much the world act with little knowledge of the conflict and the people. History repeats itself.

    19. Quite heavy going to begin with, due to the number of different people/groups involved, but it gets easier from around the half-way point, and is a really informative read about (unfortunately) the horror of ethnic 'cleansing' and civil war in the former country of Yugoslavia.

    20. It is hard to believe that this happened on our doorstep, in our lifetime - but it did and this is a careful dissection of they why, how and by whom this atrocity occured.

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