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by Mark Thompson

  • ISBN: 0091773318
  • Category: Europe
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Mark Thompson
  • Publisher: Radius
  • ePub book: 1524 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A travelogue and analysis of the disintegration of Yugoslavia investigates the country's politics, history, and culture.

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The only reason not to read this book is that it is dated. Mark Thompson, the author, is an historian, not to be confused with the journalist of the same name. A combo telling of the breakup of Yugoslavia through 1992 and travelogue with the author’s viewpoint on issues and the future liberally thrown in. Gives One a good background along with Glenna’s book as to the history of the Balkans.

Timely and incisive, A Paper House powerfully evokes what was once Yugoslavia and gives a. .

Timely and incisive, A Paper House powerfully evokes what was once Yugoslavia and gives a cogent analysis of its violent disintegration, which has become headline news the world over. In the summer of 1991, Yugoslavia died amidst a hail of cluster bombs and mortar rounds. Since 1987 Mark Thompson has lived and traveled throughout Yugoslavia as it lurched ever deeper into crisis, investigating its politics. History, and culture.

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Mark Thompson was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, California, where he was exposed to a wide . The book was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards.

Mark Thompson was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, California, where he was exposed to a wide range of spiritual beliefs and practices. In 1973, he helped lead the Gay Students Coalition at San Francisco State University, and has worked for gay and feminist causes since that time. He began his career in journalism with the national gay newspaper "The Advocate" in 1975, reporting on culture and politics in Europe. Thompson's other work includes the acclaimed 1987 anthology" Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning "(St. Martin's Press), which examined gay spirituality from different perspectives.

Release Date:December 1992. Publisher:Penguin Random House. 60 lbs. You Might Also Enjoy. To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Complete summary of Mark Thompson's A Paper House. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of A Paper House. His book makes clear that one of the greatest impediments to peace in the area has been the ignorance and indecision of the Western powers. A PAPER HOUSE is intelligent, incisive, and beautifully written. It should be read and pondered by everyone who would like to understand what has happened in Yugoslavia.


Prorahun Prorahun
I reread this post-cold war period piece, and found it to be still informative on its time and place. In spite of its contemporary anti-Serb slant (Thompson was the London correspondent of the Slovenian opposition paper "Mladina") it remains a good general introduction to those unfamiliar with the region and its peoples.

But in revisiting here I found I still disagreed with some of Thompson's opinions arising from a standard Western view. He writes on page 176, on the aftermath of Yugoslavia's break with the USSR: "Without the Cominform Resolution there would have been no influx of Western credits, no self-management, no non-alignment, therefore no decentralization of economic and political power. Pursuing this speculation, I suggest there would still have been civil war in 1991. The void left by [a hypothetical] Soviet withdrawal from Yugoslavia in 1989 or 1990 would have been filled by half a dozen far-Right nationalist governments in the republics. These would have taken up where the cetniks, ustase, domobrani, domobranci, IMRO, Balli kombetar and the rest left off in 1945 - slaughtering with more abandon, on a bigger scale even than happened."

This is false on several counts. First, it couldn't have been worse in the Europe of 1990, which was a far different place than the semi-developed, war-wracked world of the 1940s. While Tito's 1948 expulsion from the Cominform opened the door to a different relationship with the West, Tito's Croat interpretation of federalism was already leading to a relatively autonomous policy within Yugoslavia *and* toward the USSR. This is what led to his dissent and ejection. If Tito had been a Serb he would have continued the Serbocentric policy of prewar Yugoslavia in Communist guise, and equally stayed loyal to Moscow. In that case, Soviet-style repression of nationalist dissent would have "liquidated" the basis for most post-Communist violence, as in the former USSR beyond isolated hotspots like Chechnya. It was Tito's encouragement of popular nationalism from the 60s on that led to federalism's explosive demise a quarter-century later.

Thus when Thomas writes that "Until the 1960s, nationalism was taboo in Croatia as everywhere," and that "Tito operated by privileging the Serbs there beyond their numbers" on p. 269, he is again off-mark. Non-official ethnic patriotism was certainly frowned on up to that time, but that also held true for Serbs. Again, it was Tito's Croat-federalist viewpoint that eventually prevailed. The entire Yugoslav state was originally conceived by Serbs as a pan-Serb project, "compensating" them for its necessary multi-nationalism. The continued priviliging of Serbs was a traditional problem, as resentful Croats still avoided "compromising" themselves in a Belgrade-run administration and leadership. Tito's 1967 dismissal of Rankovic, the pan-Serb head of state security, for "anti-federalist deviations" opened the door to an insurgent Croat nationalism threatening federation; and there Tito could and would not follow.

In spite of my disagreements, still recommended as an introductory piece for an English readership.
Togor Togor
This short review is from "Books on Bosnia" published by The Bosnian Institute. Combines travelogue, cultural history and political analysis to give an atmospheric and nuanced account of Yugoslavia at the point of its collapse