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Yugoslavia's Ruin: The Bloody Lessons of Nationalism
Yugoslavia's Ruin: The Bloody Lessons of Nationalism
By Cvijeto Job
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002, 308 pp

The bitter assailing of nationalist excess and its murderous exploitation by self-serving politicians does not set this work apart from the huge pile of books already published. Nor does the plea for tolerance in multiethnic societies and the duty of others to step in and stop mass killing. What does make the book interesting and unusual are the soul-searching reflections on what in Tito's Yugoslavia -- its concepts, politics, institutions, and abuses -- contributed to the sinking of the Yugoslav idea and the misery that followed. They are the reflections of a Yugoslav diplomat who deeply believes in that idea, whose commitment goes back to his days as a partisan, and whose nationality is Croat.