The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia


By (author) Tim Judah

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 26mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 17 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300076568
  • ISBN 13: 9780300076561
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

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In a wide-ranging, scholarly, and highly readable account which begins with a battle lost more than six centuries ago--Judah examines the tenuous ethnic balance fashioned by Tito and its unraveling after his death. Presenting the first in-depth account of life behind Serbian lines, Judah also provides a scrupulous explanation of how the people of a modern European state could become among the most reviled of the century. 40 illustrations.

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Editorial reviews

Challenging two current beliefs - that the Serbian people are either Europe's new Nazis, or that they are the innocent victims of nationalistic aggression and a hostile world media - Balkans correspondent Tim Judah explores the fate of the Serbs within the story of their past. He looks at the migration of Serbian life from south to north; how the idea of 'Serbdom' survived centuries of Ottoman rule; the days of glory during the World War I followed by genocide against them during the Second; and the tenuous ethnic balance created by Tito. And he looks at why, with the fall of communism, the Serbs enthusiastically acclaimed Milosevic, whose quest for a Greater Serbia led to horrifying atrocities and the manipulation, then abandonment, of his people. Unprejudiced and unflinching, like its companion volume Croatia this is a major contribution to our understanding of latter 20th-century history. (Kirkus UK)