The causes of Yugoslavian conflict are too complex to be fully analyzed in these pages and mass media cannot begin to touch begin to touch upon them. If you are interested in achieving a greater understanding of the historic, religious, ethnic and political roots to the current situation I would recommend these sources
spacer.gif (45 bytes) Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissoluton After the Cold War
by Susan L. Woodward
Brookings Institute ; ISBN: 0815795130
In my opinion the best book published so far on the reasons for the break-up of the Yugoslav Federation. The author attributes the collapse of the Federation to the breakdown of central authority and the deterioration of civil and government order - not ethnic hatred. Domestic economic and financial problems, which began in the 80’s, combined with a changing external environment and Western diplomatic intervention, exacerbated and contributed to the breakdown.

An important book and a brilliant analysis of how the challenges of the post-cold war era were misunderstood and mismanaged by the Western powers. Her book confirms everything I personally witnessed during my time in Yugoslavia

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by Rebecca West
Penguin ; ISBN: 0140188479
This book describes the author's travels to Yugoslavia with her husband in 1937--a journey overshadowed by the growing inevitability of the Second World War. The book is colored by that impending conflict, and by West's search for universals amid the complex particulars of Balkan history. In the end, she saw the region's doom--and our own--in a double infatuation with sacrifice, the "black lamb and grey falcon" of her title.
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by Milovan Djilas
Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0156947129
This is a must read for anyone wishing to understand the horrors of WW2 in Bosnia and to realize why the fighting in Bosnia in the 1990's took on such a terrible round of massacre and counter massacre. Djilas, who was one of Tito's right hand men, is unremittently frank in this gripping tale of the Partizans struggle against dreadful odds in wartime Yugoslavia.
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The Fall of Yugoslavia : The Third Balkan War
by Misha Glenny
Penguin ; ISBN: 0140257713
In this penetrating book--now with a new chapter covering events through 1995, including U.S. involvement--Misha Glenny offers a sobering eyewitness chronicle of the countdown to war, exploring the human realities behind the headlines, and puts one of the most ferocious civil wars of our time into its true, historical context.
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Yugoslavia : Death of a Nation
by Laura Silber, Allan Little
Penguin ; ISBN: 0140262636
This book formed the basis of the acclaimed BBC documentary on the breakup of Yugoslavia. It is fast paced and gives a good account of the political maneuvering of the leading characters-Milosevic, Tudjman, Izetbegovic, etc.
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History of the Balkans Vol. 2
by Barbara Jelavich
Cambridge University Press ; ISBN: 0521274591
A book is excellent general histories of the Balkans and provide the reader with an objective account of the events from WW1 to Tito's regime.
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by Phyllis Auty
Longman ; London 1970
A solid and objective biography of Tito. The book gives a penetrating insight into the forces that shaped this complex and highly successful leader, who must stand out as one of the great men of the century - whether one agrees with his political philosophy or not.
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The Road to Sarajevo
by Vladimir Dedijer
Macgibbon and Kee, 1967
A fascinating account of Bosnia history leading up to the assassination of the Austrian Grand Duke, Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo in August, 1914. Written by a Bosnian Serb the book gives a detailed account of the secret society of young Serbs who were determined to overthrow Hapsburg domination
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The Balkans in Our Time
by Robert L. Wolff
Harvard University Press, 1974
Another objective resource about Balkan history   primarily with events in the 20th century. A large portion of this book is devoted to wartime experiences, the establishment of postwar regimes.
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