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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press; 1st Edition edition (1 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814755208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814755204
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A quite brilliant piece of historical record-straightening...Everyone who wishes to have an opinion about Bosnia must read this book.' Niall Ferguson, Daily Mail 'Clear-sighted, authoritative and eloquent.' Dimitri Obolensky, Times Literary Supplement 'A Triumph of clarity, learning and balance.' Adrian Hastings, New Statesman and Society 'Excellent.' Paddy Ashdown, Sunday Times 'This is a splendid work of synthesis on a very complex subject, written with insight and sympathy: the best, indeed the only, informed book on a history that has become both topical and tragic.' Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Telegraph 'A marvellous book, a work of great scholarship.' Margaret Thatcher --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Noel Malcolm is a writer, historian and journalist. A former Foreign Editor of the Spectator and columnist for the Daily Telegraph, he gave up journalism in 1995 to become a full-time writer, becoming in 2002 a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Leeds on 18 Jun. 2014
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I bought this simply to try to understand better what happened to cause war and genocide in an apparently modern sophisticated European country in present times. I have two sets of Serbian friends, who provided me with their viewpoint, but I was aware that this might be missing some of the story.
Such was the case.
The writing and research by Noel Malcolm was exemplary. The background provided was, I felt, very extensive.
I gave it 4/5 rather than 5/5 merely because of a sense that (and this was nothing to do with my previous Serbian perspective) that the Muslims could do no wrong throughout. Malcolm seemed to me to be a bit of an Islamophile. Not that it detracts from the story, just something I sensed and made me wonder whether I need to read another comparable work to gain a rounder perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Joanne Nolan on 13 April 2013
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Written at the height of the recent conflict, Noel Malcolm's anger is palpable. Nevertheless the scholarship is excellent and the the detail impressive even if it sounds like a desperate last plea for a doomed country in a losing struggle. Fortunately Bosnia was not ultimately doomed even if so much of the heritage and the records of the past were wilfully destroyed by the aggressors.
Read the book but don't hate the Serbs!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2007
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This book addresses a number of issues. It, of course, deals with the history of Bosnia and Hercegovina up to 1995, covering both the tragic conflict of the 1990s and the background to it. It does so in a way that leaves the reader certain of one thing above all: that nothing is a simple and clear cut as the propagandists on all sides would have one believe.

However, the book is also interesting in the way it touches on and illuminates other issues: the long struggle between the Ottoman and Hapsburg empires, the schism between the Catholic and Orthodox branches of Christianity and the myth of the ethnic purity of nations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tarik Cicic on 26 Mar. 2014
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The author presents the history of Bosnia from ancient to modern times in an authoritative and factual manner, albeit interesting and readable. I consider myself a relatively well-educated Bosnian, however I learned a whole lot from this book.
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By Stephen Mitchell on 21 Jan. 2015
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Absolutely cracking book. Doesn't just handle the intricate and usually confusing topic of Bosnian history incredibly well, it provides an insight into the history of South-East Europe (particularly Yugoslav countries) as well. Awesome read and heavily recommended
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Both: an extremely reliable & interesting source of information about the history og Bosnia and Herzegovina. I definitely recommend this book.
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Real information all relevant to the history and development of wider Europe, a great book. Quite hard work, not easy to hurry through it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arif Khwaja on 11 Dec. 2011
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A superb book, lays to rest all the myths about the ' inevitability' of war after the break up of Yugoslavia and complicit role the west played in the terrible acts of genocide in Bosnia .... Writtent with clarity, fairness and scholarly enquiry
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