Below is a note from Tim Bent, OUP’s Executive Editor of Trade history, about Tim Judah author of the upcoming OUP book, Kosovo: What Everybody Needs to Know.
Dear OUP Blog Readers,
We need to know what is going on in Kosovo. And Tim Judah can tell us.
On February 17th, this former province of Serbia, whose population is overwhelmingly (90%) ethnic Albanian, declared its independence. Kosovo was recognized as an autonomous state by the U.S. and the European countries; recognition of its independence was denied by Serbia, Russia, and others. Judah, who is the Economist magazine’s correspondent for the Balkans, has been in Belgrade, monitoring both the events in Kosovo and the reaction in Serbia. The Serbs view Kosovo as holy ground and claim it as theirs. The Russians, close allies of the Serbs and lately more aggressive and assertive in their dealings with the West, support that claim. Serbia will not easily let Kosovo go, and Serbian nationalism, as the world well knows, has proven toxic. In the recent debate between Clinton and Obama, moderator Tim Russert asked the candidates whether as commander in chief they would act militarily should Serbia invade Kosovo in an attempt to keep it from breaking off; both responded that they would rule out no options.
When it is published Judah’s book will provide both a context for the February 17th declaration, explaining and exploring the history of the region, and clear-eyed analysis of how the crisis there is apt to play out in the coming months. Kosovo: What Everybody Needs to Know will do for Kosovo what Ahmed Rashid’s book on the Taliban did a few years ago. It is the right book at the right time.
Get a taste of what Tim Judah has to say by reading his BalkanInsight article “Kosovo: Old vs New Style News” and his BBC.com article, “Could Balkan break-up continue?.” Or check out The Economist’s coverage of Kosovo.