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Description: "This book is essential for anyone to understand the present conflict . . .a splendid work of synthesis on a very complex subject, written with insight and sympathy: the best, indeed the only informed book on a history that has become both topical and tragic." Sunday Telegraph "By far the best available guide to the fatal steps to catastrophe . . . . Thoughtful, lucid, and deeply informed." New York Review of Books "An extraordinary bookthe best available in English on the background of the Bosnian war." Warren Zimmermann former U.S. ambassador to Yugoslavia, in the National Interest "Quite simply one of the best books of historical scholarship written for a general audience in the last decade." New York Newsday "An acute, readable introduction to why and how racial history has been the bane of the Balkans and why it need not be." Village Voice Literary Supplement "A positive gem, the product of profound scholarship, deep reflection, and a decency of sentiment. . . There are few works of scholarship that I have read in recent decades that have impressed me as much as Noel Malcolm's." National Review "A masterpiece. Few histories have made history. This one could yet do so." Times of London "A marvelous book, a work of great scholarship." Margaret Thatcher "A most impressive achievement . . .A firm and skillful guide to the general reader." Times Literary Supplement "Will be read as the definitive work for decades to come." Spectator This updated edition of Noel Malcolm's highly-acclaimedBosnia: A Short Historyprovides the reader with the most comprehensive narrative history of Bosnia in the English language. Malcolm examines the different religious and ethnic inhabitants of Bosnia, a land of vast cultural upheaval where the empires of Rome, Charlemagne, the Ottomans, and the Austro-Hungarians overlapped. Clarifying the various myths that have clouded the modern understanding of Bosnia's past, Malcolm brings to light the true causes of the country's destruction. This expanded edition of Bosnia includes a new epilogue by the author examining the failed Vance-Owen peace plan, the tenuous resolution of the Dayton Accords, and the efforts of the United Nations to keep the uneasy peace. What went wrong in the country where Christians and Muslims mingled and tolerated each other for over five centuries? It was a land with a vibrant political and cultural history, unlike any other in Europe, where great powers and religions-the empires of Rome, Charlemagne, the Ottomans; the faiths of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, and Islam overlapped and combined. In this first English-language history of Bosnia, Noel Malcolm provides a narrative chronicle of the country from its beginnings to its tragic end. Clarifying the various myths that have clouded the modern understanding of Bosnia's past, Malcolm brings to light the true causes of the country's destruction: the political strategy of the Serbian leadership, the conflict between the city and the countryside, the fatal inaction and miscalculations of Western politicians. Putting the Bosnia war into perspective, this volume celebrates the complex history of a country whose past, as well as its future, has been all but erased. At last, here is the guide for the general reader seeking a comprehensive and accessible account of the war in the former Yugoslavia. Table of Contents A Note on Names and Pronunciations Maps Introduction 1. Races, myths and origins: Bosnia to 1180 2. The medieval Bosnian state, 1180-1463 3. The Bosnian Church 4. War and the Ottoman system,