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By Vjekoslav Perica

Reporting from the heartland of Yugoslavia within the Nineteen Seventies, Washington submit correspondent Dusko Doder defined "a panorama of Gothic spires, Islamic mosques, and Byzantine domes." 1 / 4 century later, this panorama lay in ruins. as well as claiming tens of hundreds of thousands of lives, the previous Yugoslavia's 4 wars ravaged over one thousand non secular constructions, many purposefully destroyed by means of Serbs, Albanians, and Croats alike, delivering an apt architectural metaphor for the region's fresh history.

Rarely has the human impulse towards monocausality--the want for a unmarried explanation--been in better facts than in Western makes an attempt to make experience of the country's bloody dissolution. From Robert Kaplan's arguable Balkan Ghosts, which pointed out entrenched ethnic hatreds because the motive force in the back of Yugoslavia's dying to NATO's dogged pursuit and arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the search for simple solutions has usually served to imprecise the Balkans' advanced background. probably so much unusually, no publication has centred explicitly at the position faith has performed within the conflicts that proceed to torment southeastern Europe.

Based on quite a lot of South Slav assets and formerly unpublished, frequently personal files from communist country data, in addition to at the author's personal on-the-ground adventure, Balkan Idols explores the political position and effect of Serbian Orthodox, Croatian Catholic, and Yugoslav Muslim spiritual corporations over the process the final century. Vjekoslav Perica emphatically rejects the suggestion "clash of civilizations" has performed a crucial function in fomenting aggression. He unearths no compelling facts of an upsurge in spiritual fervor one of the basic inhabitants. quite, he concludes, the first non secular avid gamers within the conflicts were activist clergy. This activism, Perica argues, allowed the clergy to imagine political energy with out the accountablity confronted by way of democratically-elected officials.

What emerges from Perica's account is a deeply nuanced figuring out of the heritage and way forward for one among Europes such a lot unstable regions.

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