Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG

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Oxford University Press, Aug 29, 2008 - History - 208 pages
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On February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared its independence, becoming the seventh state to emerge from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. A tiny country of just two million people, 90% of whom are ethnic Albanians, Kosovo is central-geographically, historically, and politically-to the future of the Western Balkans and, in turn, its potential future within the European Union. But the fate of both Kosovo, condemned by Serbian leaders as a "fake state" and the region as a whole, remains uncertain. In Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG, Tim Judah provides a straight-forward guide to the complicated place that is Kosovo. Judah, who has spent years covering the region, offers succinct, penetrating answers to a wide range of questions: Why is Kosovo important? Who are the Albanians? Who are the Serbs? Why is Kosovo so important to Serbs? What role does Kosovo play in the region and in the world? Judah reveals how things stand now and presents the history and geopolitical dynamics that have led to it. The most important of these is the question of the right to self-determination, invoked by the Kosovo Albanians, as opposed to right of territorial integrity invoked by the Serbs. For many Serbs, Kosovo's declaration of independence and subsequent recognition has been traumatic, a savage blow to national pride. Albanians, on the other hand, believe their independence rights an historical wrong: the Serbian conquest (Serbs say "liberation") of Kosovo in 1912. For anyone wishing to understand both the history and possible future of Kosovo at this pivotal moment in its history, this book offers a wealth of insight and information in a uniquely accessible format. What Everyone Needs to KnowRG is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
  

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I was once asked if I thought the Northern Ireland conflict was difficult to comprehend. Not really, I replied. What confounded me was that as so many people within Northern Ireland understood the ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Albanians
1
2 Serbs
12
3 Creating History
18
4 From Dardania to Yugoslavia
30
5 Kosovo in Yugoslavia
42
6 From the Golden Age to the Memorandum
55
7 The Milo353evi263Rugova Years
64
8 The War
75
10 March 2004 and the Ahtisaari Plan
108
11 Kosovo and the Region
117
12 Kosovo and the World
127
Independence
140
Notes
153
Bibliography
167
Index
171
Copyright

9 Kosovo after 1999
93

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About the author (2008)

Tim Judah is a correspondent for The Economist covering the Balkans. He is the author of Kosovo: War and Revenge, and The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia.

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