Explaining Yugoslavia

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Columbia University Press, 2000 - History - 499 pages
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Yugoslavia and its history are often in the news yet poorly understood. Traversing the politics, economics, demography, and culture of the former Yugoslavia, John B. Allcock examines and makes sense of the region's troubled past and troubling present. Though many think of the Balkans as a uniquely troubled region, the author asserts that the continuities in Balkan history constitute the same processes of development that have occurred in other societies and are part of the ongoing process of global modernization.

One can read here about the rise of the Balkan states and the decline of the great powers; the decline of the small Balkan states and the rise of the great powers; backwardness and modernization; Yugoslavia's kings and communists; civil wars and uncivil manners; Partisans, Chetniks, and Ustashas; Stalinism and Titoism; Marxist dogmatists and liberal reformers; migrations and population flux; Ottoman Turkish rule and anti-Muslim prejudice; the plight of the peasants and anti-modernizing policies of peasant parties; the difficult "Eastern Question" and the naive Western answers; the formation of national identity and the collapse of Yugoslavia; and much more.

 

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Allcock (history, Univ. of Bradford, U.K.) fulfills the promise of his book's title in a way that will surprise most readers. He enjoys a command of source material and social science unparalleled in ... Read full review

Contents

Chapters
1
Balkan Societies in the Modern World
13
Markets Industry and Trade before 1945
27
The Second Yugoslavia and the Contradictions
67
the Agrarian Economy
100
Territory and Power
145
New Classes for Old
170
8 State Formation and the International Order
211
the Failure
277
The Forging of National Identity
311
The Passing of Traditional Society?
351
Violence in South Slav Society
381
Quo Vadis Jugoslavija?
411
Bibliographic references
441
Index
475
Copyright

the Failure
245

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John B. Allcock is professor of history at the University of Bradford, U.K.

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