Episode 22.5 – An Interview with Jasmin Mujanović

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I sat down to talk with Jasmin about his new book, Hunger and Furyand the development and role of the state and democracy in modern Balkan history and politics

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Theme Music – “Charlotte” by Damiano Baldoni, licensed under CC BY 4.0

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NB: At one point in the interview, Jasmin refers to “Brendan Simms’ Triumph of the Lack of Will“. He’s since confirmed to me that he mixed up two books – James Gow’s Triumph of the Lack of Will, and Brendan Simms’ Unfinest Hour. Both are excellent accounts of international involvement in the Yugoslav Wars, and both Jasmin and I would firmly recommend both as further reading.


A few of you have asked for book recommendations, or lists of sources I’ve been using  for research for the podcast. So I’ve put this list together, which I’ll add to over time. It’s not exhaustive, and certainly does not account for every source I’ve used (frankly, I’m not sure I remember every single one), but they are the main books I’ve been working from, and those which contained enough useful information and analysis for me to comfortably recommend for further reading.

The List

Ivo Banac, The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics

Leslie Benson, Yugoslavia: A Concise History

Mark Biondich, Stjepan Radic, The Croat Peasant Party, and the Politics of Mass Mobilization: 1904-1928

Mark Cornwall (ed.), The Last Years of Austria-Hungary

Richard Evans, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Misha Glenny, The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers

Marko Attila Hoare, The History of Bosnia: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day

Barbara Jelavich, History of the Balkans – Volume I: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Barbara Jelavich, History of the Balkans – Volume II: Twentieth Century

Charles and Barbara Jelavich, The Establishment of the Balkan National States: 1804-1920 (Volume 8 of A History of East Central Europe)

Tim Judah, The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

Mark Mazower, The Balkans: From the End of Byzantium to the Present Day

Andrej Mitrović, Serbia’s Great War: 1914-1918

Robin Okey, The Habsburg Monarchy: c1765-1918

Fred Singleton, A Short History of the Yugoslav Peoples

Marcus Tanner, Croatia: A Nation Forged in War

Philipp Ther, The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe

Gerard Toal and Carl Dahlman, Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and its Reversal