The fourth edition of this critically acclaimed work includes a new chapter, a new epilogue, and revisions throughout the book. Sabrina Ramet, a veteran observer of the Yugoslav scene, traces the steady deterioration of Yugoslavia's political and social fabric in the years since 1980, arguing that, while the federal system and multiethnic fabric laid down fault lines, the final crisis was sown in the failure to resolve the legitimacy question, triggered by economic deterioration, and pushed forward toward war by Serbian politicians bent on power - either within a centralized Yugoslavia or within an 'ethnically cleansed' Greater Serbia. With her detailed knowledge of the area and extensive fieldwork, Ramet paints a strikingly original picture of Yugoslavia's demise and the emergence of the Yugoslav successor states.
Credits -- Foreword: The Politics of Cultural Diversity in Former Yugoslavia -- Preface -- Disintegration, 1980–1991 -- Political Debate, 1980–1986 -- The Gathering Storm, 1987–1989 -- Brotherhood and Disunity, 1989–1991 -- Religion and Culture -- The Catholic Church -- The Serbian Orthodox Church -- Islam -- Rock Music -- War and Transition -- Serbia and Croatia at War Again -- On Their Own: Slovenia and Macedonia Since 1991 -- The Struggle for Bosnia -- Repercussions of the War in Religion, Gender Relations, and Culture -- Peace Without Rights? -- A Peace of Dayton -- Milošević, Kosovo, and the Principle of Legitimacy -- Serbia's Unending Crisis -- Epilogue: The Legitimacy Problem -- Anti-bibliography: Reviewing the Reviews