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Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation Paperback – February 1, 1997
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Little has been a correspondent with BBC radio and television news since 1988
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My caveat is the obvious one, it takes very much the 'Guardian report from embattled Sarejevo' approach to the Bosnian conflict. The Serbs are caricatured as villains and the Muslims as heroes/victims, and the Croats relegated to an overly minor role, rather than key players. It also takes this line (a bit)with the break-up of Yugoslavia, where extremist Serb statements are extensively quoted as if representative of Yugoslavia's Serb polity, while similar stuff from Croats or Albanians is carefully put in its correct context as not speaking for the majority. The lies and misdeeds of Serb politicans are likewise accurately deconstructed, while those of the other sides tend to be taken uncritically at their own word. My own experience of living in Bosnia during 1990 was of a community for whom no sides extremists actually spoke, but were polarised against their will by war and the fear of war. The trouble is that a a historian it is easy to be caught by self-fulfilling prophecies, extremists can both talk and ignite a war which engulfs whole communities, it should not be taken as proof they were somehow articulating a whole community's desire for war all along!
Overall a useful contibution, especially in terms of chronology of who said what, and provided its bias is taken into account, well worth reading.
Silber does not waste time waxing poetic on the moral failings of the West or the dark side of human nature, but lays out with painstaking detail the chronology of events - political, military, civilian, among others - that led to and sustained one of the darkest hours in recent history. Contrary to some reviews, I find Silber's treatment of Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks absent of bias. Equal attention is not given to each of the three groups' transgressions, and there were transgressions on all sides, because the number and brutality of said transgressions are not equal. The cleansing of Krajina is not covered extensively, but it is covered well, and there is no glossing over the fact that Croatian troops under Gotovina and with the blessing of Tudjman committed terrible acts during Operation Storm. Nor is Bosniak leader Alija Izetbegovic let off the hook for his failings.Read more ›
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This is a fantastic book. Prior to traveling to the region, I read about 8 books around this subject. This was the best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Oxymoron92
Buyer beware. The print quality of this paperback is very poor. Many text pages are virtually illegible; the photo reproductions are very dark, almost black, and captions are... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John O.
A recent trip to Croatia, along with a visit to the Mount Srd war museum in Dubrovnik, compelled me to learn more about the brutal wars and twisted politics that accompanied the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Klipspringer
Author did a great job of researching and synthesizing the historical detailsPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I lived through the break up of Yugoslavia. Here was a multi-ethnic state with many religions that thrived for forty years before ambitious politicians used the nationalist card... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kevin M Quigg
Very well researched. It gave an unbiased view of all sides. The authors tried to present a very difficult and complicated series of events in a organized and understandable mannerPublished 21 months ago by OSHARA COCHISE
Explains the complexity or the former Yugoslavia and why it broke up.Published 22 months ago by Mr. Carl Halley
I understood the Yugoslavia's crisis very well... A great book.Published 23 months ago by Ramon RaTa