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<nettime> Bosnian Institute News: "The Problem of Serbia"



* Bosnia Report Special Issue: "The Problem of Serbia"
* New Book Launch: "Books on Bosnia" edited by Noel Malcolm & Quintin Hoare


The latest issue of Bosnia Report, available in full via our Web site,
consists of reactions from throughout the former Yugoslavia to the events
of the past three months. It contains analysis by Noel Malcolm and Branka
Magas; a broad panorama of regional responses (Sonja Biserko, Gordana
Knezevic, Mirko Kovac, Kemal Kurspahic, Zlatko Dizdarevic, Slavenka
Drakulic, Stipe Mesic, Slavoj Zizek, Shkelzen Maliqi, etc) to ethnic
cleansing in Kosova, NATO bombing and events in Serbia; illuminating
reports from Moscow; plus a historian's demystification of Serbia's
military past.  We print them under the common rubric of `The Problem of
Serbia', since all genuinely democratic forces in the region are agreed
that this has for two decades been and still remains the key issue for
regional stability. Western governments would do well to pay heed to the
message they contain, key elements of which were most forcefully and
courageously expressed by Sonja Biserko during her recent visit to London.
In the first place, maintaining in existence the inherently undemocratic
FRY goes against Serbia's most vital interest, which is to redefine its
identity along modern, European lines, within its own borders, on the
basis of equality with its neighbours rather than regional hegemony.
Secondly, the successful intervention to enforce the right to return of
the deported Kosovars provides a historic opportunity for the West to
adopt a vigorous global approach to refugee return throughout the region. 




A Critical Bibliography of Works Relating to Bosnia-Herzegovina Published
Since 1990 in Western European Languages, edited by Quintin Hoare and Noel
Malcolm (ISBN: 1 901029 03 4) 

This important new publication is the first ever full-length critical
bibliography of works relating to the Bosnian war and the break-up of
Yugoslavia. More than 340 books - mostly in English, but including
publications in French, German, Italian, etc. - are listed and commented
on.  Books On Bosnia will be both an ideal starting-point for general
readers, and an indispensable research tool for all writers and
commentators trying to investigate the origins, nature and consequences of
the Bosnian tragedy. 

All categories of writing are covered, from historical studies to literary
works, from human-rights dossiers to military memoirs, from treatises by
political scientists to the testimonies of Bosnian refugees. The main
listing divides these books into three sections: 'Essential Reading',
'Other Recommended Reading' and 'Other Reading'. The critical comments are
uncompromising: praise is given where it is due, while the pretensions of
over-rated authors are mercilessly punctured. 

In addition, the second part of the book prints searching longer reviews
of selected works. Among them is a review-essay by Branka Magas on the
memoirs of Warren Zimmermann (the last US Ambassador to Yugoslavia), which
is itself one of the most important essays to have been published in
recent years on the political and military miscalculations behind Western
policy in 1989-92.  These longer reviews also include a devastating
20-page dissection by Noel Malcolm - written specially for this volume -
of General Sir Michael Rose's recent book, Fighting for Peace. 



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