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War-torn Bosnia
Cothran, Helen.
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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DR1313.3 .W37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Greenhaven Press's History Firsthand series explores major events in world history through eyewitness accounts. Each volume compiles a variety of contemporary narratives and reminiscences, illuminating the topic from an array of perspectives. These personal anecdotes provide readers with a unique and valuable understanding of how people from different backgrounds confront and interpret their times. Each article is prefaced with a short introduction. Also included are a comprehensive introductory essay and chapter prefaces that place the accounts in context. Additional features of these anthologies include a chronology of significant events of the era, an annotated table of contents to aid readers in identifying relevant material, and a bibliography and index to facilitate further research. Book jacket.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A good 16-page introduction to the subject is followed by first-person narratives grouped in topical chapters on the causes of the war, atrocities, the siege of Sarajevo, the media, and the world's response. Many of the pieces are excerpts from books by correspondents or government officials, but there are also selections from the diary of an 11-year-old, memoirs of a prisoner of war, and accounts by others who were directly affected by the war. These are in keeping with the aim of the series to personalize history and, in this way, make it more meaningful. Certainly this approach is useful in documenting the vividly described brutalities of the conflict in Bosnia. However, this book may be best used by a knowledgeable teacher who would help students recognize biases and stereotypes, and who would also expand upon the reasons for positions taken by the United States and the United Nations. The editor does give background on the issues in prefaces to the chapters and in introductions to each author, but sometimes the reasons for decisions by governmental bodies are much more complex than can be given in short explanations no matter how good they are. Before delving into this book or those on the list for further reading, high school students would benefit from reading Eric Black's Bosnia: Fractured Region (Lerner, 1999) or James Reger's The Rebuilding of Bosnia (Lucent, 1997).-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

J.P.Florence Hamlish LevinsohnWarren ZimmermannPeter MaassAnthony LoydRoy GutmanRezak HukanovicEd VulliamyElma SofticZlata FilipovicEllen BlackmanDavid RieffPhillip CorwinPeter MaassZlatko DizdarevicRichard HolbrookePhillip CorwinRoger CohenBill ClintonJeff Stinchcomb
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Chapter 1 The Causes of War
Chapter Prefacep. 30
1. Ethnic Pride, Ethnic Hatredp. 32
2. The War According to Serbsp. 36
3. The War According to Croatsp. 45
4. The War According to Muslimsp. 50
Chapter 2 Atrocities
Chapter Prefacep. 57
1. Massacre at Stupni Dop. 58
2. Rape as a Weapon of Warp. 64
3. The White Housep. 72
Chapter 3 The Siege of Sarajevo
Chapter Prefacep. 79
1. The Death of an Ideap. 80
2. City of Terrorp. 86
3. A Child's View of Warp. 92
4. Sarajevo Woundedp. 101
Chapter 4 The Media
Chapter Prefacep. 108
1. The Media Saved Sarajevop. 110
2. Media Propagandap. 115
3. Why Would Serb Radio Lie?p. 122
4. Sarajevo Free Pressp. 128
Chapter 5 The World's Response
Chapter Prefacep. 132
1. Failing to Avert Disasterp. 134
2. The United States Was Wrong to Bomb the Serbsp. 145
3. Blindness in the Westp. 151
4. Preserving Peace Was the Right Thing to Dop. 158
5. Keeping the Peacep. 168
Chronologyp. 176
For Further Researchp. 182
Indexp. 186