As a further sad echo of the nightmare in the former Yugoslavia, outside experts on the region have increasingly been drawn into the maelstrom, some as willing warriors, some as the hapless targets of the warring sides. The author's purpose is to offer the appalled general observer a brief history of Yugoslavia in the twentieth century and to help make sense of the awful events of the moment. The book, however, serves only the first purpose. It is a basic history, and useful for that reason, but one in which there are few Croat heroes and few Serbian villains.
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