Revised to include recent events, this work provides an account of the war in the former Yugoslavia from an insider's point of view. Crnobrnja describes the patchwork of nationalities held together by the sheer force of Tito's will, and shows how the erosion of Soviet power in Eastern Europe led inexorably to chaos and violence. At Tito's death, his stifling of domestic politics left no stable legacy - the only political memories that Yugoslavs were able to draw on were the memories of their various nationalisms. The ensuing disaster is there for all to see.
Part 1 The stage: a country of diversity; origins of the idea and the state; inter-war instability; the Tito years. Part 2 The actors: Tito's sucessors; the new wave of Serbian nationalism; Slovenia and Croatia - the drive to independence; the supporting cast. Part 3 The plot: changes in Europe; the crisis; the war in Slovenia and Croatia; the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina; the European Community steps in; a call for blue helmets. Part 4 The final curtain: drawing the threads together; the Balkan endgame; is there a solution?; a chance for peace at last.