Explaining Yugoslavia

John B. Allcock

Columbia University Press

Explaining Yugoslavia

Pub Date: November 2004

ISBN: 9780231120555

400 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $35.00£30.00

Pub Date: October 2000

ISBN: 9780231120548

400 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $105.00£88.00

Explaining Yugoslavia

John B. Allcock

Columbia University Press

Yugoslavia and its history are often in the news yet poorly understood. Traversing the politics, economics, demography, and culture of the former Yugoslavia, John B. Allcock examines and makes sense of the region's troubled past and troubling present. Though many think of the Balkans as a uniquely troubled region, the author asserts that the continuities in Balkan history constitute the same processes of development that have occurred in other societies and are part of the ongoing process of global modernization.

One can read here about the rise of the Balkan states and the decline of the great powers; the decline of the small Balkan states and the rise of the great powers; backwardness and modernization; Yugoslavia's kings and communists; civil wars and uncivil manners; Partisans, Chetniks, and Ustashas; Stalinism and Titoism; Marxist dogmatists and liberal reformers; migrations and population flux; Ottoman Turkish rule and anti-Muslim prejudice; the plight of the peasants and anti-modernizing policies of peasant parties; the difficult "Eastern Question" and the naive Western answers; the formation of national identity and the collapse of Yugoslavia; and much more.
Allcock fulfills the promise of his book's title in a way that will surprise most readers....The book's assertions will provoke controversy, but its breadth is unchallenged. Library Journal
Preface
Introduction
Balkan Societies in the Modern World
Markets, Industry and Trade before 1945
The "Second Yugoslavia" and the Contradictions of Modernity
Economic Modernisation: the Agrarian Economy
The Movement of Population: Territory and Power
New Classes for Old
State Formation and the International Order
Dimensions of Political Modernity: the Failure of Democracy
Dimensions of Political Modernity: the Failure of Civil Society and Citizenship
The Forging of National Identity
The Passing of Traditional Society?
Violence in South Slav Society
Quo Vadis, Jugoslavijo?
Bibliographical References
Index

About the Author

John B. Allcock is professor of history at the University of Bradford, U.K.