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Politics of Serbia in The 1990s

ISBN-10: 0231113811

ISBN-13: 9780231113816

Edition: 1999

Authors: Robert Thomas

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In recent years, the contemporary Serbian political scene has been a much-discussed topic in the international media yet untangling the complicated web of parties and factions has become a more difficult task. Robert Thomas carefully examines the complexities of modern Serbian politics, largely in the words of the political players themselves. Drawing from a vast body of interviews and news coverage in Serbian and international media, Thomas brings the shifting political positions of these actors into sharp focus. The Politics of Serbia in the 1990s illuminates the chronic factionalism that has frustrated any attempt to unseat Slobodan Milosevic from the presidency. Opposition leaders have gone through many successive shifts in overall platform and specific tactical maneuvers, and this trend has made it difficult for them to launch a sustained, effective challenge to Milosevic. The Serbian president, meanwhile, emerges as a cunning manipulator of popular prejudices who has managed to retain power while leading the country into blundered wars and deepening economic distress. Dissecting Serb politics of the past decade, Thomas's study opens with a detailed overview of Serbian history and its communist years, and political dissent during this era. The book continues with in-depth explorations of such subjects as the fragmentation of Serb politics during the most deadly years of fighting in the region, the nation's fragile electoral politics at several critical moments, the alliance of radical and socialist groups and its rapid disintegration, and the aftermath of the Dayton accords. The author provides a complete list of abbreviations and a comprehensive index.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/8/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 462
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Chronology of Events
Regional Publications
Organisations
Introduction
Serbia and the Past
The Economy and Society of Serbia under Communism
Dissent in Serbia under Communism
The 'Happening of the People': The Homogenisation of Serbian Opinion (1987-89)
The Fragmentation of Serbian Politics and the Advent of Pluralism (January-October 1990)
Electoral Politics and the Triumph of the Old Order: (June-December 1990)
The Politics of Confrontation (January-July 1991)
Politics and the Gun: The Paramilitary Dimension in Serbian Politics (October 1990-December 1991)
Divisions and Alliances: The Serbian Opposition (July 1991-July 1992)
Politics amid the Ruins: War and the New Yugoslav State (March-December 1992)
Winter in Serbia: Elections and their Aftermath (December 1992-January 1993)
The Red and the Black: The Socialist and Radical Alliance (1992-93)
A House Divided (December 1992-May 1993)
The June Days
Economy and Society in Crisis (1992-93)
A 'Quarrel Among Brothers': The Radical-Socialist Split (July-November 1993)
Continuity and Reform: The Political Landscape (December 1993-July 1994)
The Belgrade-Pale Schism (July-August 1994)
Parties of 'War and Peace' (1994-95)
The Twilight of Greater Serbia - Intervention and Settlement (August-November 1995)
Serbia After Dayton: The Illusion of Change (November 1995-March 1996)
The Formation of Zajedno (March-November 1996)
The 'Happening of the Citizens' (November 1996-February 1997)
The Time of Uncertainty (February-July 1997)
Electoral Deadlock - Round One (August-October 1997)
Milosevic's Crumbling Hegemony - Power Struggles in the Republika Srpska and Montenegro
Electoral Deadlock - Round Two (November 1997-February 1998)
Full Circle: Conflict in Kosovo and the Radicals in Government (March-April 1998)
Conclusion
Index