The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia
Journalist Timothy Judah witnessed firsthand many of the most horrifying episodes of the war in former Yugoslavia while on assignment from 1990-1995. Judah offers here a history of the Serbs from medieval times to the present, combining a gripping personal description of the war with a skillful analysis of the historical and cultural context out of which it emerged. For this paperback edition Judah adds observations on the emergence of a more moderate Bosnian Serb leadership, and on the worrying signs of a possible new war, this time in Kosovo.
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It annoys me to hear rhetoric about "Greater Serbia." As a descendant of ethnic Serbs in Croatia, I give Milosevic credit for attempting to defend the Serbs marooned throughout the seceding Republics. The western media never covered the depth of persecution they were experiencing. Old-fashioned, homicidal racism was being inflicted on us for several generations before the split up, including the most sadistic exterminations of WWII. The world never heard about that. Tito made it illegal to even talk about what happened, and ordered concrete poured over mass grave sites. The term 'Greater Serbia' looks to us like a smear job to hide the sins of very aggressive, fascist neighbors intent on diminishing the size of the largest Yugoslav population, which they felt vastly superior to. Many, many events were portrayed to the West as aggressive on the Serbs' part when the stories about attacks on them prior to their response had not been reported on at all. Milosevic is painted as an aggressive dictator over his quote at Kosovo, "No one shall beat you." People had just wandered into the meeting who'd just gotten beaten up trying to get there. That was the context of his statement. Then you watch the video of his speech and he's telling everybody to just try to get along. Huh? Aggressive?
AN EMPIRE ON EARTH
IT IS BETTER TO DIE IN BATTLE THAN TO LIVE IN SHAME
RESURRECTION AND BEYOND
CUTTING THE TURKS INTO PIECES
National Structure of Yugoslavia 1918