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The Death of Yugoslavia (BBC) Paperback – 27 Jun 1996

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2Rev Ed edition (27 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140261680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140261684
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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This book is by far and away the most comprehensive and clear account on the bloody collapse of the Former Yugoslavia. It is excellently presented and by no means does one need to be an expert on the subject to understand it. I have both lived and worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and now study the subject. By all accounts the book is historically accurate, non-partisan and a good, though heartbreaking, read. For anyone who wishes to understand the break-up of the Former Yugoslavia there is no better starting place.
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Having read many books on the Breakup of Yugoslavia, I have to say that this is among the best and is certainly the bast at giving the general, overall picture as to what happened (all the other books I liked mainly dealt with specific events or viewed from a particular angle).

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.
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Excellent, well researched and cogently written history of the break up of the former Yugoslavia. Read it - it might help make some sense for you of what is happening in the Balkans. It does explain very well the short term opportunism of men like Tjudman & Milosevic. It's not about "centuries of ethnic hatred" as many western commentators would have you believe, it is about short term explotation of "national" identities for political ends.
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Very enjoyable single volume history of the break up of Yugoslavia. The book is well written and the chapters are logically structured and not too long. The coverage is comprehensive and, in my view, written with very little political or ethnic bias, despite other review comments to the contrary.
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I bought this book after visiting the Imperial War Museum's Genocide installation, which included documentary footage of the conflicts in Yugoslavia. I felt woefully uninformed about what had happened in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, so came across this book whilst searching Amazon for relevant material.

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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A very good history of the conflict, but it really needs to be read as an accompaniment to the TV documentary series. The interviews and contemporary footage add an extra dimension to a depressing tale.
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A great, detailed book of the conflict.
This is a long intense read, but explains every little details of the war.
It does get confusing at times mainly due to the Eastern European names... Although no doubt this won't effect everyone. Sometimes the author assumes knowledge too, which can lead to disjointed reading as you look up what something means etc.

The author has done a great job. I recommend this for a first read on the conflict.
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An excellent, easy to read and very balanced text on the breakup of Yugoslavia. It is difficult not to take sides when writing about the bloody and turbulent period of the Yugoslav history in 1991-1996 but the authors, by and large, manage to avoid partisanship. Importantly, this book also describes the background of the Yugoslav conflict, with historic and economic digressions going several decades back to explain the sources of the conflict. The book may serve as a very informative albeit somewhat grim introduction into former Yugoslavia before and during its dissolution. What a land it was!
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