Academic journal article Military Review

Kosovo: War and Revenge

Academic journal article Military Review

Kosovo: War and Revenge

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KOSOVO: War and Revenge, Tim Judah, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2000, 348 pages, $37.50.

Tim Judah wrote the prize-winning book The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (Yale University Press, New Haven, CT) in 1997. His recent book, Kosovo: War and Revenge, although having received some acclaim, has a few problems. For example, he refers to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) as "the most successful guerrilla movement in modern history." Yet, his narrative leads the reader to a quite different conclusion.

In the beginning, the KLA, which had only 150 active members, did not have an overall commander or a coherent strategy. Its numbers grew when village militia suddenly emerged and took the KLA name, even though they often acted because of local politics and clan motivation rather than directives from KLA's leadership.

In 1998, the Yugoslav army drove most Albanian guerrillas into the mountains; only the October 1998 Holbrooke Agreement allowed the Albanians to reoccupy lost territory. Eventually KLA leaders claimed to have forced the Yugoslav army out of hiding and into the open for destruction by NATO bombers. …

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