Yugoslavia: A History of its Demise is a new history of the disintegration and collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Commencing with the death of Tito, Meier presents an insider's guide to all the regions of Yugoslavia, including Macedonia, and in particular, emphasizes the crucial part played by Slovenia before the outbreak of war in 1991. Drawing on official federal and republican archives, but also sources which are not yet officially open for scholarly use, the book covers:
* the legacy of Tito's regime
* the personalities who dominated the Yugoslav stage during its dismemberment
* the military threat against Slovenia in the late 1980s
* the attempts to find a peaceful solution
* the political conditions in Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina
* Western policy towards Yugoslavia's disintegration and terror.
"[Meier] knows the area and its politics extremely well...His narrative is crisp and to the point, stressing what is essential. It is also well organized and dense with information. Its is clear why the earlier edition of his book was so well received by its European readers.--Carole Rogel, Ohio State University."
"While fascinating for the detail on the political maneuvering and decisions of Yugoslavia's republican, federal, and party elites that only specialist can appreciate, this book is more valuable as an indictment of those responsible for Yugoslavia's breakup.--Melissa Okovoy, University of New Mexico."
"Meier's defense of Slovenian actions is novel and counters the approach of others ... who have blamed the Slovenian government for the irresponsible abandonment of Yugoslavia in an hour of need.."
-"The Historian Summer 2001
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"One of the clearest and most useful analyses of why Yugoslavia collapsed and why those in the West who were so fond of it were unable to rescue it."