Out from the shadows

Two interesting, but flawed, books on Kosovo’s recent history.

In the months after Slobodan Miloševic, Serbia’s strongman, signed the Dayton accords that ended the wars in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina late in 1995, ethnic Albanians in Kosovo began taking up arms against Miloševic’s security forces. The group that claimed responsibility for attacks on Serbian forces called itself the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA, or UÇK in Albanian); its origins were so obscure that Ibrahim Rugova, the leader of the Albanian majority in the Serbian province, believed it to be the product of a conspiracy by the security services to discredit his strategy of peaceful resistance.

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