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The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War Paperback – October 1, 1996
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The "bestiality" of what Glenny calls the Third Balkan War "springs the boundaries of moral comprehension," but our understanding of the Yugoslav civil war is aided by these two excellent works of reportage. They convey sensitively, vividly, and fairly completely the roots of this savage conflict. And both books do well what good journalism on the subject should do best: depict the human texture and political insides of Yugoslavia's "terminal crisis." Glenny, a well-known European journalist, presents a rich picture of "the rotten ship of Yugoslavia," tracing the conflict from 1990 to mid-1992. He conveys well aspects of the conflict we hear little of and warns of problems yet to be faced: Kosovo, Macedonia, and Turkish ambitions. British journalist Thompson presents an insightful report, reflecting his travels through Yugoslavia's republics and providing a nuanced exploration of the country's collapse. Unfortunately, his discussion of Macedonia reads as an afterthought, too little for an area that could well set another fire ablaze. Both books are recommended for academic and larger public libraries. See also Branka Magas's The Destruction of Yugoslavia , reviewed below.--Ed.
- Henry Steck, SUNY Coll. at Cortland
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The Fall of Yugoslavia tells the whole, true story of the Balkan Crisis - and the ensuing war - for those around the world who have watched the battle unfold with a mixture of horror, dread, and confusion. When Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence in June 1991, peaceful neighbors of four decades took up arms against each other once again and a savage war flared in the Balkans. The underlying causes go back to business left unfinished by both the Second and First World Wars. In this acclaimed book, now revised and updated with a new chapter on the Dayton Accords and the subsequent U.S. involvement, Misha Glenny offers a sobering eyewitness chronicle of the events that rekindled the violent conflict, a lucid and impartial analysis of the politics behind them, and incisive portraits of the main personalities involved. Above all, he shows us the human realities behind the headlines and puts in its true, historical context one of the most ferocious civil wars of our time. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Which was it?
This is the third revised edition? How many revisions must there be to fix the grammatical errors and the internal contradictions"
Can anyone recommend a good diplomatic and military history of the Balkan wars in the 90s?
Glenny obviously understands the Balkan mentality and adroitly discusses many of the errors that the international community made in dealing with the conflict. In addition, he made some accurate predictions and warnings. In particular he discusses his concern about Macedonia in the epilogue written in 1996. Fighting broke out briefly in 2001 and security remains an issue. Glenny's experience as a correspondent for the BBC gave him the opportunity to interview all the most important players and his writing makes his work accessible to the larger populace. This is the best book on the war.
In 1990, the latest Balkan war broke out between Serbia and Croatia. This lead to the deadliest war since WW2. 130,000 people were killed and there were more than 2,000,000 refugees. The reasons for the war are complex and tension between Serbia and Croatia was an important part of the beginning of WW1.
The Balkan war sort of ended in 1995, with the “Dayton Accords” brokered by Richard Holbrooke, from the US. Additional problems, notably in Kosovo, continued through 2000. The conflict demonstrates how difficult it is to develop democracies after people have become used to dictatorships