In this book an eyewitness to the breakup of Yugoslavia provides the first full and impartial account of the rise, fall, and rebirth of Croatia from its medieval origins to today's tentative peace. Marcus Tanner describes the turbulence and drama of Croatia's past and - drawing on his own experience and interviews with many of the leading figures in Croatia's conflict - explains its violent history since Tito's death in 1980. This second edition updates the account and follows Croatia's progress to democracy since the death of President Franjo Tudjman.
Marcus Tanner was Balkan correspondent of the London Independent from 1988 to 1994 and subsequently the paper's assistant foreign editor. He is also the author of Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul, 1500-2000 (ISBN 0 300 09072 2), also published by Yale University Press.