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  • Taschenbuch: 544 Seiten
  • Verlag: MacMillan; Auflage: New Ed (9. August 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0330412248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330412247
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 3,3 x 21,6 cm
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Kosovo, a 55-mile-long plateau in southern Serbia bordering Albania and Macedonia, should by all rights be a historical and political backwater. A Bulgarian geographer who visited Kosovo during World War I remarked that it was "almost as unknown and inaccessible as a stretch of land in Central Africa." The observation would prove ironically fitting by the '90s, as Central Africa and Kosovo both became sites of widespread genocide, fueled by ethnic hatreds, of the deepest international significance. Noel Malcolm, a British historian and journalist who has written extensively about the Balkans (including a companion volume of sorts on Bosnia), provides an overview of Kosovo's long-standing cultural divisions in his "short history" (although, at more than 500 pages, a not so short book).

Readers following the unfolding war in Kosovo through newspaper and television coverage may well ask why ethnic Albanians and Serbs are struggling so violently to command the small region. Kosovo, Malcolm explains, is the birthplace of Serbian nationalism; the defeat of Serbian forces there in 1389 by Turkish troops became emblematic of the fall of the Serbian empire, as it led to Turkish domination of the Balkans. Contemporary warriors of Serbia are, in Malcolm's eyes, evidently attempting to reverse the course of history by reclaiming the land from its Turkish conquerors--but in the absence of the Turks, they'll take it from the Albanians (the largest ethnic group among Kosovo's inhabitants) whose ancestors converted to Islam when the Turks ruled the region. Malcolm's lucid text shows again and again that the ethnic conflict in Kosovo is less a battle over bloodlines and religion than it is one over differing conceptions of national origins and history. "When ordinary Serbs learn to think more rationally and humanely about Kosovo, and more critically about some of their national myths," he concludes, "all the people of Kosovo and Serbia will benefit--not least the Serbs themselves." --Gregory McNamee -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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'This is a profound and important book, essential reading for those who wish to understand either the complex history or the present politics of Yugoslavia.' Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Telegraph; 'A dreadnought of a book, all big guns, covering the whole history of Kosovo, with an authority that is often breathtaking and never oppressive.' Norman Stone, Sunday Times

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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Patrick J Kinne am 31. März 2000
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This book (especialy the introduction and last few chapters) is an extremely helpful introduction to the Kosovo problem. Malcolm does an almost perfect job of prooving how tenuous the Serb claims to Kosovo are (which obviously is why it has been looked upon with such disdain by Serbs), but seldom seems to be attacking them as a people. But, obviously the truth hurts (as seen by all of the negative reviews below) and many have written this book of as anti-Serb propaganda. He is not biased, it is just extremely hard not to paint the Serbs as the bad guys in either recent war...
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 27. Mai 1999
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I recently attented a conference at Columbia University at which Noel Malcolm and Branimir Anzulovic as well as others were empanelled to discuss Kosovo. They so debunked the Serbian mythology being espoused over the airwaves I was amazed. The readers out there should know that Kosovo wasn't a part of the Medieval Serbia until the last 1/4th of it's existence. And that it was seperated from Serbia for over 500 years! It wasn't again integrated into Serbia until 1914 and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes. At the point in which it was again under Serbian control, the Serbs accounted for less than 25% of the population. I pray you all, read the book and pay attention to the facts. It is what the Serbs least want you to do.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 28. April 1999
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I find the level of rhetoric which is flying around this book absolutely amazing! To refute the gentleman who thought his opinion was so nice he wrote it twice...the Bibliography is stunning. Mr. Malcolm delves into untapped Ottoman (Turkish) archives which NO, I repeat that NO, other author has ever referenced. Please do not pay attention to the propaganda which is obviously being directed towards this book. Well worth the read. If you are not looking to spend a long time on the history of Kosovo then this is just about the best truncated history you can find anywhere. Kudos to Mr. Malcolm!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 3. Januar 1999
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I would like like to congratulate the author on behalf of my class in Berg College, Oslo. We were doing a project in history regardng Balkans, and this book helped us very much... Easy to read, with an impressive bibliography, "Kosovo - The Short History" is what former Yugoslavs need! Reconciliation does not come without the truth being told first, and this book definatly makes the first step in right direction.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 31. August 1999
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If one could take the emotion out of the crisis in Kosovo andanalyse just the facts, Malcom's book would be the ultimatecondensation. This tortured country has a rich history that has been mythologized for political ends. Sadly the ends have cost tens of thousands of lives and the toll is rising still. My thanks to Malcolm for grounding us in the facts wherever they might lay and make some sense of it all.
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Malcolm has taken on a humungous task in trying to coherently trace the tangled history and central locus of Kosovo. His valiant attempts to trace the invasion and immigration pathways of early Serbs, Albanians, Turks and other inhabitants of Europe's southeastern peninsula arrive at subtle conclusions that could be stronger. While mainly readable, early portions of of the work may leave a reader unacquainted with linguistics feeling etymologically challenged. Malcolm attempts to trace migration patterns via the device of similarity of words in different languages or dialects. This writer found his eyes glazing and ultimately unconvinced as Malcolm suggests that Albanians likely as old an ethnic group as their tradition claims. Conversely, his setting Serbs as relative 'Johnny come latelies' to the Balkans raises an interesting argument given Serbian historic claims to Kosovo as the heart of their nation. The 19th and 20th Century portions of the work are the most valuable portions of Malcolm's work. He nicely untangles the intricacies of tribalism, religion, nationalism, and nascent politics that characterize the region's peoples even in the 1990s. He does not emphasize enough, in this writer's opinion, the importance of Orthodoxy in Serb culture. While the interaction between Albanians and the mainly Slav peoples of Yugoslavia is the main driver of events in Kosovo, Malcolm's work weakens in his relative inattention to outside influences, such as the Soviet Union or post-World War II Western nations, on the region. This latter point brings us to the question of sources. Seventy pages of notes and 36-page bibliography are impressive for quantity. The book jacket identifies Malcolm as having a Ph.D. in history, but says nothing about his linguistic expertise.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Von Ein Kunde am 2. Juni 1999
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I will say a few good things about the book here so that I can separate myself from Malcolm, who seems to find it impossible to say something good about an entire people.
First, Malcolm actually tried to make a good book. He obviously did not try to just get his per page wage, although one could not conclude that based on 500 pages of tediousness (why is it called a "short history" anyway?). Second, he actually found some old Turkish sources that many historians seem to have been unable to find. That's the good part (it has a good part, so two stars, not one).
As for the bad... omigod, there is so much. This book reminds me of a certain author's well-written but insanely speculative and pompous essays on evolutionary theory. It is well-written (in places) and Malcolm is not stupid. However, that only makes his racist attitudes towards the Serbs even more puzzling. Most of the book is spent on 'debunking' Serbian myths, and this gives the book a flavor of 'I know who shot JFK'. Unnecessary stories are slipped in to make the Serbs seem more evil. Albanians, on the other hand, are made into angelic sons of Jeffersonian democracy. It was really disappointing.
I have taken many classes on Balkan history and read many books. This book is comparably inaccurate, and terribly biased. If you want a good source, read a pre-1990 account of history (before our propaganda began demonizing the Serbs, and before the Serbs began using propaganda). My favorite book on the whole subject is Barbara Jelavich's textbook (Indiana University Press, I think), although it covers the entire region, and not just Kosovo.
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