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Yugoslavia and its historians : understanding the Balkan wars of the 1990s
Naimark, Norman M.
Publication Information:
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xix, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Clio amid the ruins : Yugoslavia and its predecessors in recent historiography / Duan J. Djordjevich -- Ambiguous heroes : Balkan bandits and national ideologies / Wendy Bracewell -- The rise and fall of morlacchismo : South Slavic identity in the mountains of Dalmatia / Larry Wolff -- An island of peace in a turbulent world : old Ragusans' statesmanship as a paradigm for the modern Balkans / Baria Kreki -- Transhumance / Wayne S. Vucinich -- South Slav education : was there Yugoslavism? / Charles Jelavich -- Yugoslavism versus Serbian, Croatian, and Slovene nationalism : political, ideological, and cultural causes of the rise and fall of Yugoslavia / Arnold Suppan -- The Macedonian question and instability in the Balkans / Andrew Rossos -- A crisis of identity : Serbia at the end of the century / Thomas A. Emmert -- Heretical thoughts about the postcommunist transition, with particular attention to the once and future Yugoslavia / John V.A. Fine -- Solving the wars of Yugoslav succession / Gale Stokes.
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Most of what has been written about the recent history of Yugoslavia and the fierce wars that have plagued that country has been produced by journalists, political analysts, diplomats, human rights organization, the United Nations, and other government and intergovernmental organizations. Professional historians of Yugoslavia, however, have been strangely silent about the wars and the breakup of the country. This book is an effort to end that silence. The goal of this volume is to bring together insights from a distinguished group of American and European scholars of Yugoslavia to add depth to our historical understanding of that country's recent struggles. The first part of the volume examines the ways in which images of the Yugoslav past have shaped current understandings of the region. The second part deals more directly with the events of the recent past and also looks forward to some of the problems and future prospects for Yugoslavia's successor states.

Author Notes

Norman M. Naimark is Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies at Stanford University. His most recent book is Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe. Holly Case is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University.

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Choice Review

This well-written and skillfully edited volume originated from a conference held at Stanford University in spring 2000, whose goal was to pool the insights of leading scholars of Yugoslavia to provide a deeper understanding of recent Yugoslav struggles and their historical background. The first part of the book deals with how images of Yugoslavia's history have shaped current views of experts and the public about this volatile region. The second portion, describing events of the recent past, looks forward to the emerging problems and future prospects of Yugoslavia's successor states. Most of the contributors, many of them former students and colleagues of US dean of Balkan history Wayne Vucinich, trace the history of various Yugoslav regions succinctly and clearly. The book concludes with broad chapters by John Fine and Gale Stokes, who offer different potential solutions to the region's complex and dangerous problems. The volume should prove a valuable resource for students and scholars alike. The only significant omissions are of a bibliography of Yugoslavia and maps of the Balkans and Yugoslavia. ^BSumming Up: Highly Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above. D. MacKenzie emeritus, University of North Carolina at Greensboro