Macedonia: Warlords and Rebels in the Balkans

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Yale University Press, 2004 - History - 230 pages
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The disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s shattered the Balkans, unleashing the horror of extreme nationalism. Macedonia seemed to have been spared the bloodletting. In reality, it was only postponed. The newly independent Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia remains a powder-keg waiting to explode.

Journalist John Phillips describes the bloody rebellion initiated by Albanian guerrillas demanding rights equal to those of the dominant Slavs in Macedonia, a conflict that killed and wounded hundreds of people and set off fears that the crisis would draw in surrounding Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece. International intervention brought an uneasy halt to the bloodshed in the summer of 2001, but hardline Macedonian nationalists--including some under investigation by the international war crimes tribunal--have hindered full implementation of the peace agreement and may renew their campaign.

John Phillips has covered both the fighting on the front lines and the behind-the-scenes diplomatic intrigue in Macedonia. Now, presenting the events, politics, and personalities, he shows how the instability in Macedonia threatens any hope of a lasting peace in the Balkans.


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Biased writings and boring read. The author has done very little quality research on the Macedonian question and the complex politics of the country.

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This is the first book to give full coverage in English of the 2001 conflict. It is insightful and balanced until the last few pages, when his attempt to catch up on the last two years when he was not reporting in country paints far too pessimistic a picture. Otherwise, an excellent review of Macedonian history. A must read for anybody who is truly interested in Macedonia, and a fascinating read even if you are only passing through. 


Southern Serbian Prelude
Historical Introduction
Yugoslav Republic
Macedonian Independence and Affirmation 19901999
On the Brink of Conflict
War in Toytown
The Slide into Civil War
An Outbreak of Peace?
What Options for Macedonia?
Implementation of Ohrid
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About the author (2004)

John Phillips has been a correspondent with the Times, London since 1992, covering Italy as well as the Croatian and Bosnian wars. Since 2000 he has been stationed in the Balkans, reporting on the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia and the conflicts involving ethnic Albanian guerrillas in Macedonia and southern Serbia.

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