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Remember Yugoslavia?

The NATO airstrikes, twenty-five years later.

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This week marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the start of NATO air strikes on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, carried out in the wake of repression and ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo. These pieces from the BR archive, still all too tragically resonant, examine nationalism, humanitarian intervention, and state birth and death through the long history of Yugoslavia, before and after the socialist republic broke up in 1992—from G. M. Tamás’s searing analysis of NATO’s “humanitarian war,” written as bombs were falling in 1999, to Carolyn Forché and Edin Hajdarpašić on the Siege of Sarajevo, an interview with historian Ivo Banac on Bosnia and Slobodan Milošević’s relationship to fascism, and the legacies of Yugoslavian architecture and fiction.

On war and belonging, thirty years after the siege of Sarajevo began.

Edin Hajdarpašić

Yugoslavia produced a thrilling variety of buildings—frequently departing from the prefabricated monotony of the Eastern Bloc.

Anthony Paletta

Srđan Dragojević’s film about the aspirations of gay Serbs may finally be puncturing a culture of homophobia.

Paul Hockenos

When I decided to tell the story of the dead in Yugoslavia, I learned the power of fiction as a political tool.

Natasha Radojcic-Kane

The origins of conflict in Yugoslavia. 

G. M. Tamás

Yugoslavia was killed by toxic nationalism.

Michael Montgomery

Historian Ivo Banac, once described as the "political conscience of modern Croatia," on the roots of conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

Lawrence Lifschultz, Rabia Ali, Ivo Banac

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