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How Bosnia Armed 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0863564518
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'Well-researched, thoughtful, and provocative ... it should be required reading for anyone interested in the Bosnian conflict.' The Journal of Military History 'A well-argued and well-documented history of the key instrument of Bosnian policy ... should be required reading for all those studying the Yugoslav war.' The Slavonic and East European Review 'Hoare analysed a specific angle of the Bosnian war and he did it as an objective and competent scholar. The book is warmly recommended to readers.' Dr Tahir Mahmutefendic, The South Slav Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Within three and a half years of its inception, the Bosnian Army had succeeded in fighting the Serbian army to a standstill--Serbia was forced to recognize Bosnia's independence. Yet the victory was ambiguous, leaving two thirds of the country under the control of Serb and Croat extremists, while the remainder had become a predominantly Muslim Bosniak-inhabited area. Challenging the opposing stereotypes of "Islamic fundamentalism" and "multi-ethnic Bosnia" the author seeks to establish what really happened in Bosnian internal politics during the war. He shows that Bosnia-Herzegovina's war of independence was genuinely multi-national and pluralistic at its inception, but under the impact of external aggression, internal treason and international betrayal it changed into an essentially Bosnian Muslim struggle for survival.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863564518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863564512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,013,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hoare's book is of exceptional importance precisely because it is not part of the propaganda war that is taking place outside Bosnia's borders about Bosnia and its recent past. Rather, it represents an attempt to explore, without succumbing to the two dominant stereotypes of `Islamic fundamentalism' and `multi-ethnic Bosnia', how and why a war that began as a defence of Bosnia ended as a Bosniak struggle for survival... In his introduction to Hoare's book Brendan Simms, author of the best analysis published thus far of British diplomacy regarding the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, says that he wishes he had been in a position to consult the work when writing his own. Hoare's approach to Bosnia differs from that of participants in, or witnesses of, the events that he covers; but his advantage lies in the fact that, being neither, he is not a prisoner of memories. The idea that the war should end without a victory was certainly not Bosnian, but his book explains the circumstances that led it to be accepted at the very point when the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina was poised to win the war, leading to the surprising conclusion of the war ending in neither victory nor defeat. His research is important for all those who in their different ways are involved with Bosnia, but it is only a Bosnian translation of the work that will permit a critical reading of it, by counterposing the Army of Bosnia-Herzegovina's own image of itself with that reconstructed by the British historian.

Gordana Knezevic
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I am not sure if the NATO-loving interventionist party has a propaganda arm or perhaps funding the propaganda tools is done more discretely and I have no time to check the author's revenue streams. It's quite possible even though not too likely that the book was committed out of the kindness of heart of a naive do-goodist unknowingly serving imperial masters but whatever is... is.

The actual 'facts' are that the so-called NATO, after being made irellevant by the Soviet Union dissolution needed 'something' to keep militarism alive and it turns out that Yugoslavia was it. Note that no one ever thought of, let's say, intervening in the Palestinians case and bomb their overlords into submission the same way huge propagandist armies are screaming over Iran's possibly attaining the 'capability' of mastering the 80 year old 'nuclear cycle' technology while there's not a peep concerning let's say the Jewish state's actually stockpiling hundreds of nukes. Iran 'must' submit to the most intrusive inspections or face sustained bombing, assassinations and crippling cyber attacks because it 'might have' thought about building nukes but dare to suggest that the Jewish state allow inspectors into their own nuclear facilities and the propaganda death squads would swarm in for the kill.

But let's not digress. Yugoslavia used to be a peaceful, relatively happy and prosperous country until NATO set to take it apart. During War World 2, Serb 'partisans' fought the Germans to a standstill and were known for sheltering downed American pilots.
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