The fruit of a landmark international collaboration, this book focuses on the final years of socialist Yugoslavia and on the beginning of the country’s breakup. With chapters devoted to each of erstwhile Yugoslavia’s six republics, the book also offers a unique blend of thematic essays on political, cultural, economic, environmental, religious, and foreign policy issues. Bringing together renowned scholars from the United States, Great Britain, Serbia, and Croatia, the book shows how disintegrative tendencies penetrated and affected all spheres of life in Yugoslavia. The resultant war has, therefore, been fought not only on military and diplomatic fronts, but also at the level of economics, through literature and film, and in the spheres of religion and gender relations.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Adumbrations of the Breakup -- The Avoidable Catastrophe -- The Dissolution of Yugoslav Historiography -- The Armed Forces of Yugoslavia: Sliding into War -- Media: The Extension of Politics by Other Means -- The Republics -- The Serbian Church and the Serbian Nation -- Democracy and Nationalism in Croatia: The First Three Years -- The Bosnian Crisis in 1992 -- Slovenia’s Road to Democracy -- The Macedonian Enigma -- Politics in Montenegro -- Economics -- Economic Transformation in Former Yugoslavia, with Special Regard to Privatization -- Foreign Economic Relations -- Environmental Issues and Policies, with Special Attention to Montenegro -- Foreign Relations -- Relations with the Superpowers -- Yugoslavia’s Relations with European States -- Culture and Society -- The New Democracy—With Women or Without Them? -- “Only Crooks Can Get Ahead”: Post-Yugoslav Cinema/TV/Video in the 1990s -- The Catholic Church in a Time of Crisis -- Conclusion -- The Yugoslav Crisis and the West