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In this book an eyewitness to the breakup of Yugoslavia provides the first full and impartial account of the rise, fall, and rebirth of Croatia from its medieval origins to today¿s tentative peace. Marcus Tanner describes the turbulence and drama of Croatia¿s past and¿drawing on his own experience and interviews with many of the leading figures in Croatia¿s conflict¿explains its violent history since Tito¿s death in 1980. This second edition updates the account and follows Croatia¿s progress to democracy since the death of President Franjo Tudjman.
Praise for the earlier edition:
"A much-needed introduction to this southern Slavic country, whose past and present defy simple categorization. . . .Written with vigor, full of absorbing stories and important insights, [the book] deserves to be read."¿Aleska Djilas, New York Times Book Review
"[Tanner] bring[s] to bear wide knowledge of Yugoslavia and . . . experience of Europe¿s worst war since 1945. [He] gives a good historical survey and an account of the war¿s causes."¿Economist
"Lucid and accessible."¿Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard
"Readable and stimulating. . . . Long-overdue corrective to the one-sidedly negative view long entertained about Croatia by the educated British public."¿Times Higher Education Supplement
Marcus Tanner was Balkan correspondent of the London Independent from 1988 to 1994 and subsequently the paper¿s assistant foreign editor. He is also the author of Ireland¿s Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation¿s Soul, 1500-2000, published by Yale University Press.
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