Burn This House: The Making and Unmaking of Yugoslavia

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Jasminka Udovicki, James Ridgeway
Duke University Press, Oct 10, 2000 - History - 399 pages
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With Muslim, Croatian, and Serbian journalists and historians as contributors, Burn This House portrays the chain of events that led to the recent wars in the heart of Europe. Comprised of critical, nonnationalist voices from the former Yugoslavia, this volume elucidates the Balkan tragedy while directing attention toward the antiwar movement and the work of the independent media that have largely been ignored by the U.S. press. Updated since its first publication in 1997, this expanded edition, more relevant than ever, includes material on new developments in Kosovo.
The contributors show that, contrary to descriptions by the Western media, the roots of the warring lie not in ancient Balkan hatreds but rather in a specific set of sociopolitical circumstances that occurred after the death of Tito and culminated at the end of the Cold War. In bringing together these essays, Serbian-born sociologist Jasminka Udovicki and Village Voice Washington correspondent James Ridgeway provide essential historical background for understanding the turmoil in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo and expose the catalytic role played by the propaganda of a powerful few on all sides of what eventually became labeled an ethnic dispute.
Burn This House offers a poignant, informative, and fully up-to-date explication of the continuing Balkan tragedy.

Contributors. Sven Balas, Milan Milosevi´c Branka Prpa-Jovanovi´c, James Ridgeway, Stipe Sikavica, Ejub Stitkovac, Mirko Tepavac, Ivan Torov, Jasminka Udovicki, Susan Woodward


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This anthology is based on the premise that authors from the former Yugoslavia have yet much to teach us about their country's tragedy. The result is a collection of rich insights drawn from the ... Read full review


Introduction Jasminka Udovički
The Bonds and the Fault Lines Jasminka Udovički
18301945 Branka PrpaJovanović
19451980 Mirko Tepavac
19801990 Jasminka Udovički and Ivan Torov
19871997 Milan Milošević
The Armys Collapse Stipe Sikavica
The First War Ejub Štitkovac
19901996 Susan L Woodward
The Resistance in Serbia Ivan Torov
The Opposition in Croatia Sven Balas
Neither War Nor Peace Jasminka Udovički
Kosovo Jasminka Udovički

The Second War Jasminka Udovički and Ejub Štitkovac

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Jasminka Udovicki is Professor of Sociology at the Massachusetts College of Art.

James Ridgeway is Washington correspondent for the Village Voice.

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