The Death of Yugoslavia

The Death of Yugoslavia is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and it is also the title of a BBC book by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of Yugoslavia, the subsequent wars and the signing of the final peace accords. It uses a combination of archived footage interspersed with interviews with most of the main players in the conflict, including Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, Franjo Tudman and Alija Izetbegovic, as well as members of the International political community, who were active in the various peace initiatives. (from

Episode 1 - Enter Nationalism

Episode 1 - Enter Nationalism
After the death of Josip Broz Tito, rising nationalism gets Yugoslavia in its grips. This is exacerbated after Slobodan Milosevic takes power in Serbia and turns against the Kosovar Albanians.

Episode 2 - The Road to War
In April 1990, Croatia holds its first free parliamentary election. Ethnic Serbs in Croatia feel threatened by the nationalist tone of Croatia's newly elected President Franjo Tudman and they begin a Log Revolution in August 1990.

Episode 3 - Wars of Independence
Slovenia and Croatia soon declare their independence and ask for international recognition. But Belgrade (the capital of both Serbia and Yugoslavia) does not see it this way because it soon means the collapse of Yugoslavia.

Episode 4 - The Gates of Hell
After the war between Serbia and Croatia ends with the signing of an agreement, Serbia involves itself in Bosnia where a lot of things are at stake. Here begins the longest and the most tragic part of the conflict.

Episode 5 - A Safe Area
Srebrenica had become a refuge for thousands of muslims driven from their homes in other parts of Bosnia. The city was surrounded by Bosnian Serbs and in effect became a huge prison camp. They tried to starve the population by stopping supplies coming into the city.

Episode 6 - Pax Americana
This documentary traces the events leading up to the Dayton peace talks in Ohio. For the first time, the main participants in the peace negotiations tell the inside story on how a resolution was met.

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