The Serbs

The Serbs : History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

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This history of the Serbs opens with the medieval kings of Serbia and a battle lost six centuries ago that still profoundly influences the Serbs. It then describes the idea of "Serbdom" and examines the tenuous ethnic balance fashioned by Tito and its drastic unravelling after his death.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 398 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0300085079
  • 9780300085075
  • 1,071,240

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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 World War I followed by genocide against them during the Second World War; and the tenuous ethnic balance created by Tito. And he looks at why, with the fall of communism, the Serbs enthusiastically acclaimed Slobodan 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 late 20th-century history. (Kirkus UK)
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