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Judah, a correspondent for the Economist
who has covered the Balkans during years of great change and upheaval, takes up the daunting challenge of explaining Kosovo's—and its region's—history to a novice reader. His emphasis is on the past 20 years, with enough about earlier years to explain issues that linger. The small state of Kosovo, with its predominantly ethnic Albanian population, declared independence from Serbia earlier this year. The relationship between Albanians and Serbs has been a complex dance of changing allies and hegemons, as well as continuing animosity, with refugee populations frequently stranded on the wrong side of a changed border. Judah does a commendable job of telling the dense story in an understandable fashion. Because the region changes so quickly, an up-to-date history like this is welcome. Readers seeking a more in-depth treatment will be well served by Miranda Vickers's Between Serb and Albanian: A History of Kosovo
, now ten years old, or Paul Hockenos's more recent Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkan Wars
. Suitable for popular collections.—Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
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