In 1992 Yugoslavia finally succumbed to civil war, collapsing under the pressure of its inherent ethnic tensions. Existing accounts of Yugoslavia's dissolution, however, pay little regard to the troubled relationship between the Yugoslav Federation and the European Community (EC) prior to the crisis in the early 1990s, and the instability this created. Here, Branislav Radeljic offers an empirical analysis of the EC's relations with Yugoslavia from the late sixties, when Yugoslavia was under the presidency of Josep Broz Tito, through to the collapse of the Yugoslav federation in 1992, after the rise of Slobodan Milosevi? and the beginning of the Yugoslav Wars. Radeljic explores the economic, political and social elements of these discords, and also places emphasis on the role of Slovenes, Croats and other diasporas - focusing on their capacity to affect policy-making at a Europe-wide level. Radeljic argues convincingly that a lack of direction and inadequate political mechanisms within the EC enabled these non-state actors to take centre-stage, and shows how EC paralysis precipitated a bloody conflict in the Balkan region.
Branislav Radeljic is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of East London.
‘This is a fluid and engaging account of the EC/EU’s troubled engagement with Yugoslavia during and after its disintegration and collapse into violent disorder. Radeljic has produced a well-researched text that is both accessible and scholarly. It will be of interest to scholars and the general reader. The contribution it makes to our understanding of this period of European political history is worthy and the conclusions reached are measured’
Adam Fagan, Professor of European Politics, Queen Mary, University of London
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Library of International RelationsHardback
Publication Date: 19 Aug 2012
Number of Pages: 256