Dismembering the State

Dismembering the State : The Death of Yugoslavia and Why It Matters

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P. H. Liotta's previous book, The Wreckage Reconsidered, was acclaimed as a tour de force of scholarship. In Dismembering the State, Liotta continues to challenge numerous assumptions about the disintegration of Yugoslavia. His research uses an "ecological," or holistic, perspective to address interwoven questions such as the role of military intervention as coercive diplomacy, the use of chaos as a strategy against America's and NATO's technological military predominance, and the influence of post-Cold War European democratic and economic reforms. This book considers how a host of factors, from 1991 to 1999, combined to contribute significantly to both the disintegration of the nation-state and to the continued instability of the present states of the former Yugoslavia. Of interest to both scholars and sophisticated lay readers, Liotta has fashioned a scholarly assessment of this timely and complex topic that promises to be as innovative as it is erudite.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 154.94 x 223.52 x 38.1mm | 929.86g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739102125
  • 9780739102121

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction and Assessment Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Working out the Logic and Ill-Logic of Disintegration Part 4 A Mask for Chaos: Social Aspects of Disintegration Chapter 5 Rockin' the State: Malthus, Mayhem, and the Myth of Yugoslavia Chapter 6 Chaos: Strategic Aspects of Disintegration Part 7 No Man's Land: Economic and Political Aspects of Disintegration Chapter 8 Paradigm Lost: Yugoslav Self-Management and the Economics of Disaster Chapter 9 Towards a Bad End: The Ethics of Intervention and the Former Yugoslavia, 1991-1998 Part 10 Thicker than Water: Historic and Religious Aspects of Disintegration Chapter 11 Balkan Fragmentation and the Rise of the Parastate Chapter 12 Religion and War: Fault Lines in the Balkan Enigma Part 13 Beyond the Pale: Aftershocks in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia Chapter 14 Making Dayton Work: NATO, S-FOR, and the Difficult Peace Chapter 15 If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: Bosnia and the Ecnomics of War and Peace Chapter 16 The Last Best Hope: The "Future" Republic of Macedonia Chapter 17 After Kosovo Part 18 Conclusion: Outcomes and Possibilities Part 19 Appendices
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About P. H. Liotta

P. H. Liotta is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.
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