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Bible of Serbian propaganda,
By A Customer
This review is from: Serbs and Croats: The Struggle in Yugoslavia (Paperback)
Far from providing insight into the complexities of Serbian-Croatian relations in historical context, this book simply rehashes and highlights all of the major claims of the propaganda espoused by Serbian nationalists (indeed, only in this context can King Alexander, who proclaimed a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia, be referred to as a 'democrat'). The book should definitely not be read as an introduction to Yugoslav or even Serbian history. Rather, it should be read to gain insight into the way nationalists present the history of their nation with all of the 'bad parts' censored out, while all of the faults of their neighbors and rivals (in this case the Croats, Macedonians,Bosnian Muslims and Albanians to name a few) are emphasized repeatedly. Also, the book provides an example of how many Serbs view their own history, which is, to say the least, not quite accurate. Rather than knowing too much about their own history (as is often claimed in the West when speaking of the Balkan people), they, not just the Serbs, are just as misinformed and unaware of the historical actual facts as most people in, say, the United States--and Dragnich's book is a perfect portrayal of this skewed version of history. In conclusion, I believe that this book should be read together with historian C. Michael McAdams' "Croatia: Myth and Reality" as it similarly highlights many of the major points of Croatian historical propaganda while glossing over some of the ugly realities of history.