Yugoslavia and Its Historians: Understanding the Balkan Wars of the 1990s

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Norman M. Naimark, Holly Case
Stanford University Press, Feb 19, 2003 - History - 296 pages

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.


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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

This is a nice enough little collection of essays on the deeper roots of the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The problem is that the conference that generated these papers was in 2000 and the book came out in 2003, meaning that it's already becoming dated. Read full review

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Clio amid the Ruins Yugoslavia and Its Predecessors in Recent Historiography
The Proud Name of Hajduks Bandits as Ambiguous Heroes in Balkan Politics and Culture
The Rise and Fall of Morlacchismo South Slavic Identity in the Mountains of Dalmatia
An Island of Peace in a Turbulent World Old Ragusans Statesmanship as a Paradigm for the Modern Balkans
South Slav Education Was There Yugoslavism
Yugoslavism versus Serbian Croatian and Slovene Nationalism Political Ideological and Cultural Causes of the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia
The Macedonian Question and Instability in the Balkans
A Crisis of Identity Serbia at the End of the Century
Heretical Thoughts about the Postcommunist Transition in the Once and Future Yugoslavia
Solving the Wars of Yugoslav Succession

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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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