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Conflict in the former Yugoslavia : an encyclopedia
Allcock, John B.
Publication Information:
Denver, Colo. : ABC-CLIO, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxxiv, 410 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.

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The demise of Yugoslavia resulted in a savage internal conflict that confounded European efforts to prevent it. Intense and often instantaneous media coverage tended to produce a confusing maze of images and impressions. This timely, easy to use reference work surveys the origins, development, people, places, events, concepts, treaties, and agreements pertaining to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Author Notes

John Allcock works for the Research Unit in South East European Studies, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

Marko Milivojevic works for the Research Unit in South East European Studies, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

John J. Horton is deputy librarian at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Here is an outstanding reference resource in which a wide array of entries deepen our knowledge of a vital contemporary issue. Three British specialists on the region have brought together 26 other colleagues, mainly from United Kingdom institutions, to provide insight on one of the major conflicts of the 1990s. The 500 entries cover political, military, geographical, historical, economic, social, and cultural matters. Biographical entries and entries on small communities caught up in the fighting help personalize the tragedy. The material is current through 1997. The alphabetically arranged, signed entries include see and see also references. Entries are usually one paragraph but longer when necessary; political parties is seven pages. Twelve black-and-white maps at the beginning of the volume and many photos throughout the text add a visual dimension to the clearly written, accurate information. Although the focus is on the current period, sufficient background and analysis, such as in the article on Communist leader Tito, bring the past into the present. An extensive bibliography includes 1998 titles; a 38-page chronology from 1941 to 1997 presents events in the country and surrounding world. This powerful resource will be useful in high-school, public, and academic libraries.

Library Journal Review

Allcock and his colleagues (South East European studies, Univ. of Bradford, U.K.) have created a valuable reference tool for all scholars of the Balkans. The breadth of entries provides much information about Yugoslavia's successor states as well as the wars attending their creation. Attention to Socialist Yugoslavia is less complete, and some entries may be annoying; how could organized rape as a tool of warfare not be "sensationalized" by media nor its report fail to "demonize the enemy"? But on the whole, treatment is balanced. Some of the best entries include brief and competent biographies, significant geostrategic place names, and concepts such as "recognition" and "peace movements" often neglected in accounts of the war. The authors clearly explain the versions of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) I and II, United Nations Preventive Development Force (UNPREDF), and Implementation/ Stabilization Force (I/SFOR). Appendixes include a comprehensive chronology, maps, and the text of the Dayton Accords. For academic and larger public libraries.ÄZachary T. Irwin, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Easy to use, this encyclopedia with nearly 500 alphabetical entries successfully captures and conveys the events and their interrelationships that led to the demise of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. It has good cross-references and can serve a wide range of users as a reference guide for current events in the former Yugoslavia. It includes illustrations, a chronology, detailed maps, and the complete text of the Dayton Agreements. The chronology of events for the decade of the 1990s is extensive, but it is unclear why 1941 was selected as a first year. Entries in the chronology that precede 1989 are very limited; the criteria for choosing those particular events over many others are unclear. The editors (Univ. of Bradford) have previously edited Yugoslavia in Transition: Choices and Constraints: Essays in Honour of Fred Singleton (1992). The present work is recommended as a fine resource for research into current events in the former Yugoslavia. N. Zdravkovska Georgetown University