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  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West. Written on the brink of World War II, R. West's classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, this book probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups.
  • The Balkans Since 1453 by Leften Stavros Stavrianos. Long out of print, Stavrianos' opus both synthesizes the existing literature of Balkan studies since World War I and demonstrates the centrality of the Balkans to both European and world history, a centrality painfully apparent in recent years. At last, the cornerstone book for every student of Balkan history, culture and politics is now available once again.
  • A History of Croatia by Stephen Gazi. This survey traces Croatian history from early Roman times (as part of the 7th-century Roman province of Pannonia) to the end of WWII. 
  • Croatia: A Nation Forged in War by Marcus Tanner. An eyewitness to the breakup of Yugoslavia provides the first full account of the rise, fall, and rebirth of Croatia from its medieval origins to today's tentative peace. Marcus Tanner describes the creation of the first Croatian state and the circumstances that propelled Croatia into the arms of Nazi Germany and the brutal, home-grown "Ustashe" movement in the Second World War.
  • How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulic. Hailed by feminists as one of the most important contributions to women's studies in the last decade, this gripping, beautifully written account describes the daily struggles of women under the Marxist regime in the former republic of Yugoslavia.
  • Dubrovnik: A History by Robin Harris. For twelve centuries, Dubrovnik held a significant position beyond what could have been expected of this tiny city-state. It faced dangers posed by Venetian plotters, Ottoman aggressors, natural disasters and, finally, Napoleon. This book is a comprehensive history of Dubrovnik's progress over twelve centuries of European development, encompassing arts, architecture, social and economic changes and the traumas of war and politics.