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          • Year: 2004
          • The Yugoslav People's Agony

          • Professor Dr. Miroslav Hadžić, Dangraf and the Centre for Civil -Military Relations, Belgrade, 2004

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          "The Yugoslav People's Agony" is the name of the book written by Professor Dr. Miroslav Hadžić. The publishing of the book was enabled by Fund for Open Society from Belgrade. In the Author's note, professor Hadžić looks back onto the dissertation work of many years on this book, which was published for the first time, on English language, in Ashgate's edition, 2002. 

          The author started the Introduction for the Serbian edition of the book with the appraisal that "in Serbia, one could only be earlier and not belated with the understanding of the past future". He also specified the chapters, which are located in three parts in accordance with thematic relatedness, whereby the chronological following of the process and occurrences was in the first plan. Explaining that the load centre was put on the interaction correlation between society and its Army, Hadžić pointed out that the consequences of the radicalisation of the Yugoslav society's crisis on the Army were tested first. After that, the political and military reactions of the Army on that crisis had been tested. 

          The first and the most detailed part of the study are contained of the fourth chapter, which summary is indicated by the title THE ARMY'S ROAD TO THE WAR. The main pre-war flows of the crisis and the reactions of the Army corps on them are followed abreast in the first three chapters (The Army Fails to Acknowledge Reality, the Army's Rejection of Reality and the Army’s Destruction of Reality). This part of the book is ended with the chapter The Destruction of Yugoslavia by Common Consent. In this chapter, the summary and the meaning of the "arranged war" in Slovenia and "dosed war" in Croatia are analysed separately. Thereafter, the short insight in the flows of the convergences of the basic reasons of YU-war in Bosnia and Herzegovina is presented (Introduction to a Bestial War). 

          The second part (THE JNA'S WARFARE BALANCE) is in full dedicated to the discussion about dilemma why and how JNA got into the war. With the fifth chapter (The Essence of the Yugoslav War), the author gave his own review of the war between Yugoslav people. The reason more for that, by Hadžić's opinion, is the fact that the basic reasons of getting the Yugoslav people into the mutual war, were recovered with the often puncturing of some dimensions of the war, as so as national-religious or manifests sides of it. In that way the author created competent framework for the ending review of the reasons of successful and unsuccessful intervention JNA in the war. For that purpose, in the sixth chapter (The Powerlessness of the Military Might), author checked if there were any conditions under which JNA could stop the war. The fact that the Army's top willingly rushed into the war's ending, which zenith was the JNA's defeats and disappearances of the second Yugoslavia, oriented him to try to find the reasons of that in social being and systematic status of former Army (seventh part: Foundations of the Army's Powerlessness). 

          "The incredible similarity between the regime of Slobodan Milošević and Franjo Tuđman", wrote Hadžić, was the reason for investigation in the third part (CHANGING WITHOUT CHANGE) of nature of the others armies in new YU-states (eight chapters: New Model of an Old Gun). Taking JNA as an archetype, using the comparative analyse, Hadžić checked if and in what measure the Yugoslav Army and Croatian Army went away from its source. Relying on that, in the last chapter (Self-Transformation of the Yugoslav Army), author gave its own remark of perspectives for changing the hereditary civil-military relations in FRY and in that way "the Yugoslav Army's capacity for transformation". The debate is ending with discussions (The DOS Divining Line) about the perspectives for the Yugoslav Army to finally be under the civilian and democratic control.

        • Tags: jna, Defence, armed forces, military, Yugoslavia
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