At the time of Yugoslavia’s violent demise in the 1990s there was a considerable degree of bewilderment among many observers. They were shocked by the extent of the disaffection from a regime that they believed was largely benevolent and progressive and that had protected its inhabitants from the worst excesses of Soviet-style communism. Where there was not bewilderment there was recourse to essentialist arguments about the extreme nature of nationalism (or ethno-nationalism) among people on Europe’s periphery who had never fully developed and who were driven by atavistic hatreds. These responses to the collapse of Yugoslavia are clearly inadequate and reveal much about the way in which the state had been created, sustained and mythologized throughout its life. A number of general histories of Yugoslavia have appeared since the 1990s and these cover key events, movements and personalities in the formation, development and demise of the state.1 Almost all of this literature takes the Yugoslav nation-state as the basic unit of analysis and deals with Yugoslavia and Yugoslavs in isolation, historically and historiographically. This book complements and departs from the existing literature in important ways. Its premise is that the history of Yugoslavia is inherently transnational in the sense that it cannot be understood in isolation.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
To get access to this content you need the following product:
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number