The Three Yugoslavias: State-Building and Legitimation, 1918-2005


5 August 2006

The War of Yugoslav Succession of 1991-95 convinced many that interethnic violence was endemic to politics in Yugoslavia and that the meltdown had occured because of ancient hatreds. Sabrina P. Ramet's new book The Three Yugoslavias demonstrates that, on the contrary, the instability of the three twentieth century Yugoslav states can be attributed to the failure of succeeding governments to establish the rule of law and political legitimacy.

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