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The Contested Country

The Contested Country

Yugoslav Unity and Communist Revolution, 1919-1953

Aleksa Djilas

ISBN 9780674166998

Publication date: 09/01/1996

Published amid the unraveling of the second Yugoslavia, The Contested Country lays bare the roots of the idea of Yugoslav unity--its conflict with the Croatian and Serbian national ideologies and its peculiar alliance with liberal and progressive, especially Communist, ideologies.


  • To write about the national question [of] Yugoslavia is to enter a mine field of national prejudices ready to explode. Djilas enters this mine field with courage but not recklessness. His evenhandedness is impressive...He provides remarkably dispassionate descriptions of a wide range of movements, ideologies, personalities, and evils...His book should be essential reading for anyone interested in Yugoslavia's troubled past and doubtful future.

    —Dennison Rusinow, New York Times Book Review


  • Aleksa Djilas was Research Associate, Russian Research Center, Harvard University, from 1987 to 1994.

Book Details

  • 272 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press