Title "Balkan Babel: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia from the Death of Tito to the Fall of Milošević"
Author Ramet, Sabrina P.
Publisher Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press
Annotation Three chapters on Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Islam that are included in the part II have been published at various occasions before, but have been sufficiently changed for this edition. Ramet offers three short essays on three major religious institutions of Yugoslavia, and talks about church-state relationship and the involvement of the clergy into politics. Although the author gives a historical account of the church histories in these lands after 1918 and prior to 1945, the emphasis is made on the second half of the twentieth century. The main argument of Ramet that churches in Yugoslavia acted as political actors is supported by her analysis of the two-way manipulation of the Yugoslav history: by lay politicians and the religious communities. She points out the importance of the Stepinac trial for Croatian case, and the idea of the martyrdom of the Orthodox Church for Serbia. The part on Islam, though, is less detailed compared to the Catholic and Orthodox ones.
Author of Annotation Maria Falina
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