Kosovo: A Short History

Paperback | November 15, 1999

byNoel Malcolm

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For years now you've watched the bloody unravelling of the Yugoslav state; you've seen plenty of disturbing video footage and read loads of reports, but do you really know what's going on and why? Back in 1994, veteran journalist Noel Malcolm attempted to set the record straight with Kosovo: A Short Story. Widely praised, this book cam...

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Noel Malcolm is a British columnist, writer and editor who was born in 1956. He was educated at Cambridge University and was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1981 to 1988. Malcolm left teaching to become the Foreign Editor of the Spectator and a political columnist for London's Daily Telegraph. Malcolm has written...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.23 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060977752

ISBN - 13:9780060977757

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kosovo: A Short History I now understand why the French call a fruit salad a macedonie. This is a region where many different peoples and cultures have been mingling for millennia. Given the wide-reaching repercussions of events in Kosovo, I thought it was high time I learned something about this much fought-over land. This book tells the story of Kosovo in clear, concise and literate prose. In fact, the subject is not just Kosovo, but includes the entire Balkans, for you cannot discuss one part without looking at all the many parts. Chief among the goals of the author is to look at the events and the interplays that have given rise to so much sentiment and rhetoric. Noel Malcolm attempts to isolate those factors that underlie the conflicts. He meticulously pulls through the many strands of peoples, and their accounts, in the pursuit of an as accurate picture as possible. Kosovo is both fascinating and highly readable.
Date published: 2000-01-13

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For years now you've watched the bloody unravelling of the Yugoslav state; you've seen plenty of disturbing video footage and read loads of reports, but do you really know what's going on and why? Back in 1994, veteran journalist Noel Malcolm attempted to set the record straight with Kosovo: A Short Story. Widely praised, this book came to be one of the most important on the crisis and it powerfully demonstrates that the conflict between Serbs and Albanians is less about religion and ethnicity and more about history and nationalism. Updated with a new preface, this edition will be helpful to anyone who wants to make sense of this turbulent region.

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"What could have been mere academic hairsplitting in the hands of another author is transformed by Malcolm into a thrilling detective story." -- New York Times Book Review"Malcolm’s narrative is gripping, even brilliant at times. . . . He takes to his task with the vigor of a detective driven by true passion. At times his claims are, in terms of Balkan history, quite revolutionary." -- The Economist "Kosovo: A Short History by Noel Malcolm shows that the conflict between Serbs and Albanians is less about religion and bloodlines and more about history and differing views of national origins. Malcolm, a British historian now at Harvard, disputes Serbian claims to Kosovo." -- USA Today"In this awe-inspiring work, Malcolm has created an essential aid to anyone who wishes to understand this tragic region today . . . . His book is exceptional not only for his unimpeachable research, but also for his equitable examination of the conflicting ethnic views of what really happened in this contentious region, and his determination to debunk dangerous myths." -- Publishers Weekly"Excellent." -- New York Review of Books