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The Breakup of Yugoslavia
  • Format
  • Authored by: Kate Transchel, Consulting Editor and Introduction by: James I. Matray; Foreword by Senator George J. Mitchell
  • From the Series: Arbitrary Borders
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN-10: 0791086518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-8651-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 11/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 949.703
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 152


The Balkan Wars of the 1990s ripped the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia apart and resulted in war crimes and atrocities not seen in Europe since World War II. But these wars entailed more than territorial disputes—they were the result of arbitrary social, cultural, and ethnic borders that have developed over centuries. This lucid book will help students understand how the location and accessibility of the lands of the South Slavs determined Yugoslavia's volatile history as a battleground of peoples, empires, and cultures. Historically, Yugoslav lands have been located in the “fracture zone” between East and West, Christianity and Islam, and have always been a focus of international rivalries. In the 20th century, two Yugoslavias were created and destroyed: the first from 1918 to 1941; the second from 1945 to 1991. Both Yugoslavias struggled with externally imposed borders, striving to achieve a viability that eluded them in the end. Readers will find The Breakup of Yugoslavia: Conflict in the Balkans an instructive example—and cautionary tale—of the centrality of arbitrary borders in the development of societies and nations in world history.


Black-and-white photographs and maps. Sidebars. Notes. Chronology. Timeline. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

Kate Transchel is professor of history at California State University, Chico, where she specializes in Russia and the Balkans. Transchel has published more than a dozen articles and encyclopedia entries on the history and culture of the Soviet Union and is the author of Under the Influence: Working-Class Drinking, Temperance, and Cultural Revolution in Russia, 1895-1932 and editor of Our Daily Bread: Socialist Distribution and the Art of Survival in Stalin's Russia, 1927-1941.

Consulting Editor: James I. Matray, California State University, Chico

Foreword by Senator George J. Mitchell

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