‘The Death of Yugoslavia’ by Laura Silber and Allan Little | Book & BBC Documentary

First published by Penguin in 1995.


The Death of Yugoslavia (Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, Croatian and Slovenian: Smrt Jugoslavije, Macedonian: Смртта на Југославија, Smrtta na Jugoslavija), later retitled into Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation in an updated and revised edition, is a six part BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and also the name of a book written by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series.

It covers the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Notable in its combination of never-before-seen archive footage interspersed with interviews of most of the main players in the conflict, including Slobodan Milošević, the leader of Serb nationalism, then President of Serbia, through the secession of Slovenia and Croatia, to the war in Bosnia. Does not extend as far as the Kosovo crisis or the secession of Montenegro.

Part 1: Enter Nationalism

Part 2: The Road to War

Part 3: Wars of Independence

Part 4: The Gates of Hell

Part 5: A Safe Area

Part 6: Pax Americana

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: ‘This is Our Land”
The Stirring of Serb Nationalism
Chapter 2: “No One Should Dare to Beat You”
The Rise of Slobodan Milosevic April 1987-December 1987
Chapter 3: “No Way Back”
The Slovene Spring, 1988
Chapter 4: “Comrade Slobodan, Think Hard”
Milosevics Anti-Bureaucratic Revolution July 1988-March 1989
Chapter 5: Tsar Lazar’s Choice
March 1989-January 1990
Chapter 6: “A Croatian Rifle on a Croatian Shoulder”
The Awakening of Croatia 1989-1990


Chapter 7: “The Remnants of a Slaughtered People”
The Knin Rebellion January-August 1990
Chapter 8: “You’ve Chosen War”
The Arming of Slovenia and Croatia April 1990-January 1991
Chapter 9: “If We Don’t Know How to Work, At Least We Know How to Fight”
The Decisive Month March 1991
Chapter 10: The Descent into War
Croatia and the Serbs February-June 1991
Chapter 11: Conversations of the Deaf
The Last Chance Squandered May-June 1991


Chapter 12: “The Hour of Europe has Dawned”
Slovenia’s Phoney War June-July 1991
Chapter 13: “An Undeclared and Dirty War”
The JNA in Croatia July-December 1991
Chapter 14: Yugoslavia a la Carte
Lord Carrington’s Plan September 1991-January 1992


Chapter 15: Before the Deluge
July 1990-March 1992
Chapter 16: The Gates of Hell
The Outbreak of War in Bosnia April 1-10,1992
Chapter 17: The President is Kidnapped
May 2-3,1992
Chapter 18: The Cleansing
The Summer of 1992
Chapter 19: “We are the Winners”
The London Conference May-December 1992
Chapter 20: The Hottest Comer
The Fall of Srebrenica and UN Safe Areas April 1993
Chapter 21: Last-chance Cafe
The Rise and Fall of the Vance-Owen Plan January-May 1993
Chapter 22: Beware Your Friend a Hundred-fold
The Muslim-Croat Conflict 1992-1994
Chapter 23: The HMS Invisible
Talks at Sea, Summer 1993
Chapter 24: A Question of Control
The Market Square Bomb and the NATO Ultimatum
February 1994
Chapter 25: “Gaining Moral Ground”
The Washington Agreement
February 1994
Chapter 26: To the Mogadishu Line
The Battle for Gorazde, April 1994
Chapter 27: “A Dagger in the Back”
The Serbian Split
June-August 1994


Chapter 28: “Let us be Pragmatic”
Cleaning up the Maps
July-August 1995
Chapter 29: Pax Americana
Chapter 30: Conclusion

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