Warlords and Rebels in the Balkans

John Phillips

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A journalist offers a frontline report on the recent ethnic-based warfare in Macedonia that once threatened to engulf the Balkans—and may still do so in the future

The disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s shattered the Balkans, unleashing the horror of extreme nationalism. Macedonia seemed to have been spared the bloodletting. In reality, it was only postponed. The newly independent Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia remains a powder-keg waiting to explode.

Journalist John Phillips describes the bloody rebellion initiated by Albanian guerrillas demanding rights equal to those of the dominant Slavs in Macedonia, a conflict that killed and wounded hundreds of people and set off fears that the crisis would draw in surrounding Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria, and Greece. International intervention brought an uneasy halt to the bloodshed in the summer of 2001, but hardline Macedonian nationalists—including some under investigation by the international war crimes tribunal—have hindered full implementation of the peace agreement and may renew their campaign.

John Phillips has covered both the fighting on the front lines and the behind-the-scenes diplomatic intrigue in Macedonia. Now, presenting the events, politics, and personalities, he shows how the instability in Macedonia threatens any hope of a lasting peace in the Balkans.

John Phillips has been a correspondent with the Times, London since 1992, covering Italy as well as the Croatian and Bosnian wars. Since 2000 he has been stationed in the Balkans, reporting on the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia and the conflicts involving ethnic Albanian guerrillas in Macedonia and southern Serbia.

“John Phillips elucidates very clearly and objectively the complexities of the Macedonian war, with some fine eyewitness accounts of the chaos that overtook the landlocked southern Balkan republic. His book will be required reading for all diplomats, peacekeepers and future students of the conflict. Many laurel boughs.”—James Pettifer, author of The New Macedonian Question

"This book is singularly free from bias, which is a great and rare blessing in works on the Balkans—the tendency to root for one side or other being the bane of far too many books on the region’s recent conflicts."—Marcus Tanner, former Balkans correspondent for The Independent

"This is a cogent, judicious, layman-friendly journalistic report on an important, woefully under-covered conflict. Phillips does well in capturing the complexity—political, moral, communal—of the various sides; it doesn’t oversimplify either the villainy of the villains or the virtues of the good guys."—Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution

“An accessible, riveting combination of Journalistic narrative and historical analysis that addresses the recent Macedonia conflict in an unbiased manner. . . . An important contribution. Highly recommended.”—Choice

ISBN: 9780300102680
Publication Date: September 10, 2004
240 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4

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