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Readers following the unfolding war in Kosovo through newspaper and television coverage may well ask why ethnic Albanians and Serbs are struggling so violently to command the small region. Kosovo, Malcolm explains, is the birthplace of Serbian nationalism; the defeat of Serbian forces there in 1389 by Turkish troops became emblematic of the fall of the Serbian empire, as it led to Turkish domination of the Balkans. Contemporary warriors of Serbia are, in Malcolm's eyes, evidently attempting to reverse the course of history by reclaiming the land from its Turkish conquerors--but in the absence of the Turks, they'll take it from the Albanians (the largest ethnic group among Kosovo's inhabitants) whose ancestors converted to Islam when the Turks ruled the region. Malcolm's lucid text shows again and again that the ethnic conflict in Kosovo is less a battle over bloodlines and religion than it is one over differing conceptions of national origins and history. "When ordinary Serbs learn to think more rationally and humanely about Kosovo, and more critically about some of their national myths," he concludes, "all the people of Kosovo and Serbia will benefit--not least the Serbs themselves." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I could see why the information in this book would bother some people from the Balkans, because it debunks a ton of myths and lies about Kosovo. But it is not a pro-Albanian book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank White
A well written book on the subject. I learned more than I imagined. I will look for more books by the author.Published 2 months ago by Jackie McLaren
Just don't understand how intellectual elite gets away with this nonces of book! So racist and so poor with facts and true ! No wonder-Noel Malcom blue blood... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sladan Stamenkovic
In a nutshell: If you know very little about Kosovo (as was the case with me), you will get a very good introduction to its history starting from the Middle Ages and up to WWI or... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bryan Byrd
A book of great importance for those who wish to understand the young country of Kosova. Have read the book as soon as I found it on the bookstore shelf and very often refer to it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Flamur Vehapi, Author
It was good as far as it went, and for historic background but I need something that covered the region after 1999.Published 12 months ago by Robert W. Becker
Probably the most fair and independent research ever done on this little corner of the Balkans.
It should be mandatory reading on all history school books of the Balkan... Read more