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The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

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Journalist Tim Judah’s classic account, now brought fully up to date to include the overthrow of Miloševic, the assassination of Zoran Djindic, the breakaway of Kosovo, and the arrest of Radovan Karadžic.

Praise for the first edition:

"A lively and balanced history of the Serbs."—Aleksa Djilas, New York Times Book Review

"Judah writes splendidly. . . .The story he tells does
Paperback, Third Edition, 368 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Yale University Press (first published March 27th 1997)
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I stopped reading this book soon after the astoundingly stupid line, "His control over the empire disintegrated after his death." An astute editor might have caught such a problem with logic.
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This book covers the history of the Serbs from their beginnings as an ethnic nation, up to the present day. Although the emphasis is clearly on the last 25 years.

The book does not dwell for too long on events that were well reported elsewhere. The two world wars and the Srebrenica massacre are discussed but only briefly.

The author asks interesting questions about nationalism. He discusses the artificial propping up of nationalistic spirits by politicians, journalists and poets. He also discusses
Tucker Jones
This is the single greatest book about Serbian history that I've read, and I've read quite a few.
Very good book on the history of the Serbs and the background of the Balkan wars of the 90's written by a British journalist who worked and lived in Yugoslavia for several years as a Balkan correspondant. It was written before the Kosovo war, which makes it interesting. The last couple of chapters are less focused. For a book written by a journalist, I must admit that the medieval history of Serbia chapters are probably the best I have ever read.
Ashley Sasnett
Extremely involved. I cannot imagine what it entailed to put this book together. It is really really good. I found it balanced which is to say the author does not engage in sweeping indictments but is still critical. Tito was the exception not the rule and the modern Yugoslav experiment was destined to fail. Makes one worry about the stability of many of our artificially created nation-states. Or is it just me?
A well-written history with some journalistic flair.
Great read, I was glad to get an American writer's view of Serbia, and I thought it was well done. He really explains how much the Serbians suffered because of their leaders mistakes. He had a crazy chapter about the inflation that had record breaking levels. He also explained how the Serbs eventually left Serbia and the army because of the unfulfilled promises of their leaders. Informative.
iain meek
A complex history of a complex region- they all seem to be mad or at least fixated on righting historic wrongs but each group has a different view of history.

Well written- but confusing due to all the strangely named characters.

thanks to City of London libraries
Christopher Roth
A nice overview. One cannot understand Bosnia, or Kosovo, or Macedonia, without understanding what "Serbia" is. Well argued and insightful, with lots of useful historical summary.
This book is long and complicated and brutal because Serbia's history is long and complicated and brutal. It is a masterful and comprehensive history of Serbia. The author's conclusion was moving.
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