The Serbs History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia Third Edition Tim Judah

Publication date:
22 Jan 2010
Yale University Press
368 pages: 235 x 156mm
40 b-w illus.
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Journalist Tim Judah’s classic account, now brought fully up to date to include the overthrow of Miloševic, the assassination of Zoran Djindic, the breakaway of Kosovo, and the arrest of Radovan Karadžic.


Praise for the first edition:


"A lively and balanced history of the Serbs."—Aleksa Djilas, New York Times Book Review


"Judah writes splendidly. . . .The story he tells does much to explain both the Serb obsession with the treachery of outsiders and their quasi-religious faith in the eventual founding, or rather reestablishment, of the Serbian state."—Mark Danner, New York Review of Books 


"Judah's book is probably the best attempt to date to explain the calamitous situation of the Serbs today through a meticulous consideration of the Serb past."—David Rieff, Toronto Globe and Mail


Tim Judah was Balkans correspondent for the London Times and the Economist, and has been a frequent contributor The New York Review of Books.

Timothy Judah was Balkans correspondent for the London Times and the Economist reporting from Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and the former Yugoslavia.

"Judah offers a highly readable history of the Serbs from medieval times to the present, with judicious comments on the rise of the Kosovo Liberation Army and Nato’s bombing campaign. It is one of the best attempts to explain a situation which has baffled the West throughout history."—The Glasgow Herald

"Readable and stimulating . . . Judah’s book is a polemical attempt to counter the ‘demonisation’ of the Serbs. But it is far from being a whitewash: with very few exceptions, he successfully walks the tightrope between ‘balance’ and relativisation." —Brendan Simms, The Times Higher Education

"Tim Judah’s book is an ambitious and valiant attempt to bring together the real history of the Serbs and the myths and theories in which that history was handed down."—Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

"A stunning new history."—Robert Fisk, Irish Times

"A very good book... Judah cleverly interprets Serbia’s sad present in the light of its past."—The Sunday Times

"It remains a definitive, and relevant, text for students, lay readers and even scholars. As an introductory work to the background and causes of the disintegration of the Yugoslav state and the subsequent events it has few rivals."—Kenneth Morrison, Slavonic & East European Review