As some readers may remember, a few months ago I took a trip to the Balkans, where I travelled through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia very, very briefly , Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania. Once over the border into Bosnia, I visited Mostar, where there are still many unrepaired buildings that were damaged in the war. I later crossed the Serbian-Kosovan border and drove through one of the few parts of Europe that the Foreign Office advises to avoid whoops. I passed signs warning of mine fields, I passed monuments and recent war graves throughout the countries I travelled and always — whenever I spoke to anyone for more than a couple of minutes — they would bring up the war. Its evidence — and its effects — are unavoidable. With his BBC credentials he is able to speak with very senior figures on every side of which there are many , but this BBC vibe does occasionally translate into quite anachronistic-feeling asides about the best hotel bars for securing good whisky in, etc.
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You do need a scorecard to Excellent writing and insight into the collapse of Yugoslavia and the problems presented within. Misha does a great job of unraveling the knots that are associated with this area and explaining them. The fact he was there and witnessed most of it for himself helps tremendously. He has contributed to most major U. Misha Glenny lives in London. The fall of Yugoslavia : the third Balkan war. Misha Glenny. The Fall of Yugoslavia tells the whole, true story of the Balkan Crisis - and the ensuing war - for those around the world who have watched the battle unfold with a mixture of horror, dread, and confusion.
When Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence in June , peaceful neighbors of four decades took up arms against each other once again and a savage war flared in the Balkans.
The underlying causes go back to business left unfinished by both the Second and First World Wars. In this acclaimed book, now revised and updated with a new chapter on the Dayton Accords and the subsequent U. Above all, he shows us the human realities behind the headlines and puts in its true, historical context one of the most ferocious civil wars of our time.
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You do need a scorecard to Excellent writing and insight into the collapse of Yugoslavia and the problems presented within. Misha does a great job of unraveling the knots that are associated with this area and explaining them. The fact he was there and witnessed most of it for himself helps tremendously.
The Fall of Yugoslavia
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After almost two years of war, the experience of being among the combatants--Serb, Croat and Bosnia Muslim alike in this respect if in no other there is little to differentiate among the various factions --is so intense, and the scenes of suffering and devastation so horrible, that the temptation to become a polemicist pure and simple becomes harder and harder to resist. But as books about the war by foreign observers begin to appear, what is surprising is how much objectivity most have managed to retain. The Glenny and Thompson books are exemplary in their intelligence, depth and dispassion. Far from being exercises in taking sides, both writers bend over backward to insist that although the Serbs are more at fault than anyone for the Yugoslav tragedy and, since the war began, have committed the bulk of the atrocities, no side is blameless. Such evenhandedness has earned Glenny almost as much hostility from the Croatian authorities as from the powers that be in Belgrade and Serb-occupied Bosnia.