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Hitler's New Disorder

The Second World War in Yugoslavia

Stevan K. Pavlowitch



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
01 November 2020
The history of the Second World War in Yugoslavia was for a long time the preserve of the Communist regime led by Marshal Tito. It was written by those who had battled hard to come out on top of the many-sided war fought across the territory of that Balkan state after the Axis Powers had destroyed it in 1941, just before Hitler's invasion of the USSR. It was an ideological and ethnic war under occupation by rival enemy powers and armies, between many insurgents, armed bands and militias, for the survival of one group, for the elimination of another, for belief in this or that ideology, for a return to an imagined past within the Nazi New Order, or for the reconstruction of a new Yugoslavia on the side of the Allies. In fact, many wars were fought alongside, and under cover of, the Great War waged by the Allies against Hitler's New Order which, in Yugoslavia at least, turned out to be a 'new disorder'. Most surviving participants have since told their stories; most archival sources are now available. Pavlowitch uses them, as well as the works of historians in several languages, to understand what actually happened on the ground. He poses more questions than he provides answers, as he attempts a synoptic and chronological analysis of the confused yet interrelated struggles fought in 1941-5, during the short but tragic period of Hitler's failed 'New Order', over the territory that was no longer the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and not yet the Federal Peoples' Republic of Yugoslavia, but that is now definitely 'former Yugoslavia'.
By:   Stevan K. Pavlowitch
Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781787384118
ISBN 10:   178738411X
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stevan Pavlowitch, the doyen of Balkan historians, is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Southampton and the author of three books published by Hurst, including Serbia: The History Behind the Name and Tito: Yugoslavia's Great Dictator.

Reviews for Hitler's New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia

Pavlowitch has brought fresh interest to the study of the Second World War in Yugoslavia, in an elegantly written history. -- Professor James Gow, King's College University of London reading your manuscript has provided me with many new insights and has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience -- Dr Klaus Schmider, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst Highly recommended. * Choice * 'Hitler's New Disorder' promises to become essential reading . . . Pavlowitch has made an outstanding contribution. -- Christof N. Morrissey, H-German An indispensable addition to the library of every Balkan historian or student. -- Marcus Tanner, Balkan Insight Presents the clearest analyses that this reviewer has seen of the complicated interactions of the various political and military forces engaged . . . this is detailed, fine-grained history . . . a major achievement. -- Robert M. Hayden, International History Review A very solid 'synthetic treatment' that has long been needed. It must have been a herculean effort to keep track of various events, let alone make sense of all of the interweaving elements. * Historian *

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