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    DescriptionOn February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared its independence, becoming the seventh state to emerge from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. A tiny country of just two million people, 90% of whom are ethnic Albanians, Kosovo is central-geographically, historically, and politically-to the future of the Western Balkans and, in turn, its potential future within the European Union. But the fate of both Kosovo, condemned by Serbian leaders as a "fake state" and the region as a whole, remains uncertain. In Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know, Tim Judah provides a straight-forward guide to the complicated place that is Kosovo. Judah, who has spent years covering the region, offers succinct, penetrating answers to a wide range of questions: Why is Kosovo important? Who are the Albanians? Who are the Serbs? Why is Kosovo so important to Serbs? What role does Kosovo play in the region and in the world? Judah reveals how things stand now and presents the history and geopolitical dynamics that have led to it. The most important of these is the question of the right to self-determination, invoked by the Kosovo Albanians, as opposed to right of territorial integrity invoked by the Serbs. For many Serbs, Kosovo's declaration of independence and subsequent recognition has been traumatic, a savage blow to national pride. Albanians, on the other hand, believe their independence rights an historical wrong: the Serbian conquest (Serbs say "liberation") of Kosovo in 1912. For anyone wishing to understand both the history and possible future of Kosovo at this pivotal moment in its history, this book offers a wealth of insight and information in a uniquely accessible format.

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    What Everyone Needs to Know
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Judah
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195376739
    ISBN 10: 0195376730

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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 40, 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVW
    BIC subject category V2: HRAM9
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    B&T Approval Code: A40260000
    BISAC V2.8: POL031000
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    DC22: 949.71
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    6 maps
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    29 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Tim Judah is a correspondent for The Economist covering the Balkans. He is the author of Kosovo: War and Revenge, and The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia.
    Review quote
    "A straightforward guide to the history and geopolitics of Kosovo and the first book on the country since its declaration of independence in February this year."--The Economist"Packs a surprising amount of nuance into a slim volume... a solid introduction to an important topic."--Booklist"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."--Library Journal
    Table of contents
    C PREFACE: WHY KOSOVO? ; Who are the Albanians? ; Who are the Serbs? ; Why is Kosovo so important to Serbs? ; A Brief History ; Kosovo in World War Two ; Kosovo in Yugoslavia ; The Beginning of the end ; Who was Milosevic? How did he use Kosovo? ; The birth of the Kosovo Liberation Army ; The UN years. 1999 - ? ; Who wants what? ; Kosovo and the Region ; Kosovo and the World ; Conclusion