"Books for Understanding: The Former Yugoslavia" Launched in the Wake of Kosovo's Declaration of Independence from Serbia

March 3, 2008: Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia is the latest break in what was once the nation of Yugoslavia. A region whose internal struggles have long had global repercussions, the need to understand the current developments there is particularly urgent. Books for Understanding, an online resource from the Association of American University Presses, provides a guide to the latest and best scholarship on the region.

Find information and links to more than 90 general and specialist works on the nations and peoples of the former Yugoslavia here:


The substantial bibliography includes such titles as:

Democratization in the Balkans: Prescription for a Badly Scarred Body Politic, by Richard P. Farkas (Northeastern University Press/UPNE, 2008): a close examination of the emerging democracies of Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia.

Serbia Since 1989: Politics and Society under Milosevic and After, edited by Sabrina P. Ramet and Vjeran Pavlakovic (University of Washington Press, 2006): a valuable collection of essays studying the 13 brutal years of Milosevic's reign and its effects on the nation that emerged.

This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, edited by Swanee Hunt, foreword by William Jefferson Clinton (Duke University Press, 2004): 26 first-person accounts of how Bosnian survivors are rebuilding their country.

The Culture of Lies: Antipolitical Essays, by Dubravka Ugresic (Penn State University Press, 1998): Croatian Ugresic's award-winning essays unveil the banality and brutality of nationalism in every aspect of public and private life.

Books for Understanding (www.booksforunderstanding.org)is a free public service of AAUP to help librarians, journalists, educators, and interested readers find the best books on current events. The program highlights one of the highest values of university presses: to publish top research and scholarship in all fields regardless of immediate commercial potential. Often the most complete and illuminating background research and knowledge for a breaking news story is only available in scholarly books from presses committed to the public interest.

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