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Yugoslavia was well positioned at the end of the cold war to make a successful transition to a market economy and westernization Yet two years later, the country had ceased to exist, and devastating local wars were being waged to create new states Between the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the start of the war in Bosnia Herzegovina in March 1992, the countrYugoslavia was well positioned at the end of the cold war to make a successful transition to a market economy and westernization Yet two years later, the country had ceased to exist, and devastating local wars were being waged to create new states Between the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the start of the war in Bosnia Herzegovina in March 1992, the country moved toward disintegration at astonishing speed.The collapse of Yugoslavia into nationalist regimes led not only to horrendous cruelty and destruction, but also to a crisis of Western security regimes Coming at the height of euphoria over the end of the cold war and the promise of a new world order, the conflict presented Western governments and the international community with an unwelcome and unexpected set of tasks Their initial assessment that the conflict was of little strategic significance or national interest could not be sustained in light of its consequences By 1994 the conflict had emerged as the most challenging threat to existing norms and institutions that Western leaders faced And by the end of 1994, than three years after the international community explicitly intervened to mediate the conflict, there had been no progress on any of the issues raised by the country s dissolution.In this book, Susan Woodward explains what happened to Yugoslavia and what can be learned from the response of outsiders to its crisis She argues that focusing on ancient ethnic hatreds and military aggression was a way to avoid the problem and misunderstood nationalism in post communist states The real origin of the Yugoslav conflict, Woodward explains, is the disintegration of governmental authority and the breakdown of a political and civil order, a process that occurred over a prolonged period The Yugoslav conflict is inseparable from international change and interdependence, and it is not confined to the Balkans but is part of a widespread phenomenon of political disintegration.Woodward s analysis is based on her first hand experience before the country s collapse and then during the later stages of the Bosnian war as a member of the UN operation sent to monitor cease fires and provide humanitarian assistance She argues that Western action not only failed to prevent the spread of violence or to negotiate peace, but actually exacerbated the conflict Woodward attempts to explain why these challenges will not cease or the Yugoslav conflicts end until the actual causes of the conflict, the goals of combatants, and the fundamental issues they pose for international order are better understood and addressed.
  • Title: Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War
  • Author: Susan L. Woodward
  • ISBN: 9780815795131
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback

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Martina Mar 21, 2019 - 14:07 PM
If anyone reading this has, like me, grown up with the canonization of Franjo Tudjman this is the final and exceedingly well-researched nail in the coffin of that illusion. A nuanced and highly empathic view of the war that leaves no stone unturned.Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to be happily disowned.
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Ed Mar 21, 2019 - 14:07 PM
“Balkan Tragedy” is an extraordinary book that challenges widespread assumptions concerning the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the destruction of centuries of European and Islamic civilization during fighting 1991 to 2001. Susan L. Woodward shows that the Yugoslav debacle need not have happened; it was not, as is popularly thought, inevitable due to long-standing conflict among groups of people that happened to occupy adjacent areas but that hated each other and engaged in mass murder [...]
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Jessica Mar 21, 2019 - 14:07 PM
The ordeal is over! After, I think, four or five months, I put the pedal to the metal and finally finished this snoozefest. Oy. So many facts, so many names, so many ACRONYMSd nothing stuck because it was so damn boring. Every fact stuffed into a dry as bones narrative. If you're going to put tragedy in the title, then you better move me. There is no room for emotional connection midst the onslaught of policies and old white guys in padded rooms making decisions. Where are the people for whom th [...]
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Boris Cesnik Mar 21, 2019 - 14:07 PM
The best book read so far that gives you the most comprehensive description of what happened beyond (or behind) military/civilian pawns in the battlefield. You can read facts, figures, list of events, commentaries, personal experiences etc in other books. This is THE ONE where you can find all possible socio-political, cultural, economic and historical analysis you can dream of about the war in Jugoslavia. This the only book read so far that includes international factors as major players in the [...]
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Seth Johnson Mar 21, 2019 - 14:07 PM
A coherent and incisive history of the early post-Soviet era in the Balkans. This is a 10,000-foot survey--don't expect human interest stories--but it's a helpful guide to the tricky political, socioeconomic, and ethnic terrain of one of the world's more troubled regions. Recent events in the region make this a relevant read again.
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Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War By Susan L. Woodward Yugoslavia was well positioned at the end of the cold war to make a successful transition to a market economy and westernization Yet two years later, the country had ceased to exist, and devastating local wars were being waged to create new states Between the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the start of the war in Bosnia Herzegovina in March 1992, the countrYugoslavia was well positioned at the end of the cold war to make a successful transition to a market economy and westernization Yet two years later, the country had ceased to exist, and devastating local wars were being waged to create new states Between the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the start of the war in Bosnia Herzegovina in March 1992, the country moved toward disintegration at astonishing speed.The collapse of Yugoslavia into nationalist regimes led not only to horrendous cruelty and destruction, but also to a crisis of Western security regimes Coming at the height of euphoria over the end of the cold war and the promise of a new world order, the conflict presented Western governments and the international community with an unwelcome and unexpected set of tasks Their initial assessment that the conflict was of little strategic significance or national interest could not be sustained in light of its consequences By 1994 the conflict had emerged as the most challenging threat to existing norms and institutions that Western leaders faced And by the end of 1994, than three years after the international community explicitly intervened to mediate the conflict, there had been no progress on any of the issues raised by the country s dissolution.In this book, Susan Woodward explains what happened to Yugoslavia and what can be learned from the response of outsiders to its crisis She argues that focusing on ancient ethnic hatreds and military aggression was a way to avoid the problem and misunderstood nationalism in post communist states The real origin of the Yugoslav conflict, Woodward explains, is the disintegration of governmental authority and the breakdown of a political and civil order, a process that occurred over a prolonged period The Yugoslav conflict is inseparable from international change and interdependence, and it is not confined to the Balkans but is part of a widespread phenomenon of political disintegration.Woodward s analysis is based on her first hand experience before the country s collapse and then during the later stages of the Bosnian war as a member of the UN operation sent to monitor cease fires and provide humanitarian assistance She argues that Western action not only failed to prevent the spread of violence or to negotiate peace, but actually exacerbated the conflict Woodward attempts to explain why these challenges will not cease or the Yugoslav conflicts end until the actual causes of the conflict, the goals of combatants, and the fundamental issues they pose for international order are better understood and addressed.

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