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Yugoslavia in the Shadow of War
Veterans and the Limits of State Building, 1903–1945

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  • Date Published: July 2015
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  • The Yugoslav state of the interwar period was a child of the Great European War. Its borders were superimposed onto a topography of conflict and killing, for it housed many war veterans who had served or fought in opposing armies (those of the Central Powers and the Entente) during the war. These veterans had been adversaries but after 1918 became fellow subjects of a single state, yet in many cases they carried into peace the divisions of the war years. John Paul Newman tells their story, showing how the South Slav state was unable to escape out of the shadow cast by the First World War. Newman reveals how the deep fracture left by war cut across the fragile states of 'New Europe' in the interwar period, worsening their many political and social problems, and bringing the region into a new conflict at the end of the interwar period.

    • Shows the effects of the First World War on state-building in interwar Eastern Europe
    • Contributes to our understanding of the failures of the Yugoslav project in the twentieth century
    • Examines the role of ex-soldiers in societies recovering from war
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    'Yugoslavia in the Shadow of War is extremely effective at explaining the complexities and ambiguities of veteran associations and the state's culture of commemoration, drawing on a wide range of archival and printed primary sources.' Rory Yeomans, Slavic Review

    'John Paul Newman's book, based on archival research on Yugoslavia's war veterans and the associations they formed, frames these inter-war divisions in a context so fundamental for understanding the new state's social composition that it is surprising a book like this has not been written before.' Catherine Baker, English Historical Review

    '… the role of the legacy of World War I [in Yugoslav history], the very event that created the conditions for establishing the kingdom, has not received sufficient scholarly attention. John Paul Newman's great book, Yugoslavia in the Shadow of War, makes an excellent contribution to our understanding of that role.' Tea Sindbæk Andersen, Austrian History Yearbook

    'The book is meticulously researched, and Newman skilfully guides his reader through the labyrinth of interwar Yugoslav politics and personalities.' Maria Falina, Hungarian Historical Review

    'In this fluent, engaging and enlightening study, Newman draws on the scholarship of the threat to democracy in interwar Western Europe to explain the failure of parliamentary democracy in Yugoslavia.' Geoffrey Swain, H-Net

    'Yugoslavia in the Shadow of War is thoroughly researched, well-argued and very readable.' Rok Stergar, European History Quarterly

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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316382929
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: liberation and unification
    Part I. Ultima Ratio Regnum, the Coming of Alexander's Dictatorship:
    1. All the king's men: civil-military relations in Serbia and Yugoslavia, 1903–1921
    2. A warriors' caste: veteran and patriotic associations against the state
    3. Resurrecting Lazar: modernization, medievalization and the Chetniks in the 'classical south'
    Part II. In the Shadow of War:
    4. In extremis: death throes and birth pains in the Habsburg south Slav lands
    5. Refractions of the Habsburg war: ongoing conflicts and contested commemorations
    6. No man's land: the invalid and volunteer questions
    Part III. Re-mobilization:
    7. Authoritarianism and new war, 1929–1941
    8. 'The gale of the world', 1941–1945
    Conclusion: brotherhood and unity
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    John Paul Newman, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    John Paul Newman is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century European History at Maynooth University, Ireland. He was a postdoctoral fellow at University College Dublin and a research fellow at the Imre Kertesz Kolleg in Jena. He is co-editor (with Julia Eichenberg) of The Great War and Veterans' Internationalism (2013).

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