This remarkable book combines analysis and memoir to offer the unique perspective of an informed insider who lived through Yugoslavia's demise. Cvijeto Job's powerful and provocative story of Yugoslavia's birth, rise, and brutal destruction is intertwined with his family history as he probes deeply into the causes and legacies of Yugoslavia's ruin. The result is a sober assessment of the successes and unflinching critique of the failures of Tito's Yugoslavia and how policies that were intended to ameliorate the country's ethnic tensions were corrupted or abandoned, ending in its undoing. Job argues passionately for the intervention of the international community in Yugoslavia and offers concrete suggestions for preventing future ethnic atrocities. Anyone reading his book will come to think more deeply about the ways in which the web of history and collective political culture weave the fates of nations and individuals in times of crisis.
Cvijeto Job fought as one of Tito's Partisans in World War II and served forty-one years as a diplomat in the Yugoslav Foreign Service. He is now a freelance writer living in the United States.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Prologue Part 3 Part I: Antecedents, their Legacies, and Burdens Chapter 4 On the Establishment, Travail, and Destruction of Royal Yugoslavia Chapter 5 In the Second World War: The Death, the Rebirth and the Curse Chapter 6 New Yugoslavia: The Worst, the Best, and the Incurable Part 7 Part II: Destabilizing Stabilizers Chapter 8 The Chain Reaction of Yugoslav Self-Determinations Chapter 9 Minorities: Socialist Yugoslavia's Special Pride and Pain Chapter 10 Minority Rights, Yes!-Minority Status, No! Part 11 Part III: Tripartite Bosnia-One or None! Chapter 12 Bosnia, Unlucky and Timeless Chapter 13 Helping Bosnia Survive: From Shame to Dayton, and Beyond Chapter 14 The Muslim Nation of Bosnia: Islamic and Non-Islamic Part 15 Part IV: Looking ahead to Overdue Tasks Chapter 16 Yugoslavs' Main Duty: Confronting Nationalist Self-Love Chapter 17 To Intervene or Not to Intervene: The Kosovo War Paradigm Chapter 18 Preventing and Repressing All Massacres-A Waiting Mission Chapter 19 Afterword Chapter 20 Coda