Explaining the Yugoslav meltdown, 1: "For a charm of pow'rful trouble, like a hell-broth boil and bubble": Theories about the roots of the Yugoslav troubles

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This article focuses on theories about the Yugoslav troubles. The question of the roots of the Yugoslav troubles continues to fascinate, absorb, and even obsess many of people who care about Yugoslavia and its successor states; but it also has a broader significance, insofar as an analysis of the roots of the troubles in Yugoslavia might provide some insight into understanding the ways in which a society may slide into war. There are two versions of the approach which stresses external factors in accounting for Yugoslav troubles, the first of which looks for conspiracies involving the Great Powers, and the second of which argues that the resolution of the Cold War brought an end to the situation in which a united Yugoslavia was valuable to the West.

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