Kosovo: A Short History

Kosovo: A Short History
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Year: 1999
About the Book

Kosovo, a 55-mile-long plateau south of Serbia bordering Albania & Macedonia, should by all rights be a historical & political backwater. A Bulgarian geographer who visited Kosovo during WWI remarked it was “almost as unknown & inaccessible as a stretch of land in Central Africa.” The observation would prove ironically fitting by the ’90s, as Central Africa & Kosovo both became sites of widespread genocide, fueled by ethnic hatreds, of the deepest international significance. Noel Malcolm, British historian & journalist who’s written extensively about the Balkans (including a companion volume of sorts on Bosnia), provides an overview of Kosovo’s long-standing cultural divisions in his “short history” (although , at more than 500 pages, a not so short book).