The Destruction of Yugoslavia: Tracking the Break-up 1980-92

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Verso, 1993 - 366 páginas
The year 1992, scheduled to be a milestone on the road to European unity, saw Sarajevo and other European cities bombarded slowly to pieces and their inhabitants starved before the TV eyes of the world. It saw two million Bosnian Muslims threatened with Europe's first genocide since the Second World War; most of them already driven from their homes by massacre, rape and terror. It saw Bosnia's legal, multi-ethnic government treated as a mere “warring party” and pressed to surrender by Western governments eager for peace at any price. And it also saw a liberal and left opinion in the West unable to offer any explanation for the continuing war beyond variations on the racist notion of an innate propensity for violence among the peoples of Yugoslavia, or indiscriminate lamentations about the evils of nationalism.

Combining political analysis, reportage, polemic and personal reflection, this book provides the first inside account and analysis of the tragic path leading to Yugoslavia's break-up. Against the background of events as they occurred since Tito's death in 1980, it tracks the process whereby an equitable settlement between the country's constituent nations was destroyed by an increasingly virulent Great-Serb nationalism, bent on recentralizing the country under its own hegemony.

The book is written not by a passive spectator but by a participant with a firm grasp of Yugoslavia's history, which accounts for the breadth of its content. As the decade it covers draws to a close, Branka Magaš's initial cautious optimism changes to a growing intimation of impending tragedy, and finally to outrage at the slaughter visited upon Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina by the Serbian army, with the tolerance or complicity of Western chancelleries. The Destruction of Yugoslavia represents a unique documentary testimony to Yugoslavia's regression towards disintegration, war, and the horrors of “ethnic cleansing;” a testimony which is frighteningly accurate.
 

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Introduction
3
Students Demand Amnesty for Albanians
13
Nationalism Captures the Serbian Intelligentsia
49
c Editors of Praxis International Defend their Position
55
d Michele Lee Replies
61
Introduction
77
Reverberations of the Polish Coup
84
b Yugoslavia between the IMF and Socialism
94
Yugoslavia Goes into a Penalty ShootOut
254
The Slide towards Civil War
260
The Generals Manifesto
266
The Undoing of Yugoslavia
275
Youth Rebel against Milošević
281
Yugoslavia in Trouble
287
Introduction
301
Memorandum for the British Media
310

c Trial of the Belgrade
102
Brief Notes on a Visit to Yugoslavia 18 May to 1 June
122
Democracy and the National Question
137
Introduction
159
b Antibureaucratic Revolution Triumphs in Serbia
170
Breakup
179
c The Spectre of Balkanization
187
Civil War in Yugoslavia?
218
Introduction
241
A Country Unravels
317
b Letter to the British Government in the Name of
325
The War in Yugoslavia
336
Balkanization or Lebanization?
346
To Be Against the War in Yugoslavia Means Opposing
356
15
362
303
366
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