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The Death of Yugoslavia (BBC) Paperback – 27 Jun 1996
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It is also one of the easiest books to read and is intended for the mainstream readers as opposed to some which really go into the finer details with huge footnotes, written more like a legal paper than a book!.
I would recommend this book to anyone curious as to what happened during the late 80's through to the mid-90's in the Balkans, especially those who know little/nothing about the topic already!
There have been 1 or 2 comments which suggest that the politics of the book is slightly anti-serb, but having read books that have been written from all sides (to the point of actual propaganda!), I have to say that this book is very balanced and deals primarily in fact as opposed to rumours/lies/propaganda etc. Given that at the time of writing (the war was still ongoing), British policy was very pro-serbian, this was a refreshing eye-opener to many people.
The book provides an excellent, clear and thoughtful account of events leading up to the start of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and subsequent conflicts which occurred as states seceded from the federation. What could have been an incomprehensible succession of people, dates and events has been woven into a compelling narrative which gives a clear account of how the catastrophe unfolded. The book is well-written, and there are some thoughtful touches missing from many books, such as the list of key personalities and acronyms, which acts as a useful reference; I found the maps provided rather inadequate though. Whilst I acknowledge that I am a non-historian, I wonder whether a short account of the more remote history of Yugoslavia (from its origins after the First World War), might have provided some additional useful context.
Overall, this book provides an excellent, clear account of events in Yugoslavia and is thoroughly recommended to anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of this component of 20th century history.
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This is a long intense read, but explains every little details of the war.Read more