Yugoslavia's Ruin: The Bloody Lessons of Nationalism, a Patriot's Warning

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 303 pages
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This remarkable book combines analysis and memoir to offer the unique perspective of an informed insider who lived through Yugoslavia's demise. Cvijeto Job witnessed his country's history as a committed partisan in WWII, a member of the Yugoslav Communist Party, and a career ambassador. His powerful and provocative story of Yugoslavia's birth, rise, and brutal destruction is told in tandem with the experiences of his family and friends as they made political choices that would change their lives forever. Intertwining his family history with the evolution of the Yugoslav Idea, Job probes knowledgeably and deeply into the causes and legacies of Yugoslavia's ruin. The result is a sober assessment of the successes and unflinching critique of the failures of Tito's Yugoslavia and how policies that were intended to ameliorate the country's ethnic tensions were corrupted or abandoned, ending in its undoing. Job argues passionately for the intervention of the international community in Yugoslavia and offers constructive and concrete suggestions for preventing future ethnic atrocities. Anyone reading this book will come to think more deeply about the ways in which the web of history and collective political culture weave the fates of nations and individuals in times of crisis.
  

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Contents

On the Establishment Travail and Destruction of Royal Yugoslavia
3
In the Second World War The Death the Rebirth and the Curse
15
New Yugoslavia The Worst the Best and the Incurable
41
Destabilizing Stabilizers
65
The Chain Reaction of Yugoslav SelfDeterminations
67
Minorities Socialist Yugoslavias Special Pride and Pain
103
Minority Rights YesMinority Status No
121
Tripartite BosniaOne or None
153
Looking Ahead to Overdue Tasks
209
Yugoslavs Main Duty Confronting Nationalist SelfLove
211
To Intervene or Not to Intervene The Kosovo War Paradigm
225
Preventing and Repressing All MassacresA Waiting Mission
249
Afterword
269
Coda
277
Selected Bibliography
279
Index
285

Bosnia Unlucky and Timeless
155
Helping Bosnia Survive From Shame to Dayton and Beyond
175
The Muslim Nation of Bosnia Islamic and NonIslamic
189
About the Author
303
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\Cvijeto Job fought as one of Tito's Partisans in World War II and served forty-one years as a diplomat in the Yugoslav Foreign Service. He is now a freelance writer living in the United States.

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