Unfinest Hour Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia A polemical account of Britain s disruptive and damaging role in the break up of Yugoslavia For most of Britain stood aside while an internationally recognised state was attacked by externa

  • Title: Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia
  • Author: Brendan Simms
  • ISBN: 9780140289831
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • A polemical account of Britain s disruptive and damaging role in the break up of Yugoslavia For most of 1992 1995, Britain stood aside while an internationally recognised state was attacked by externally sponsored rebels bent on a campaign of territorial aggression and ethnic cleansing It was her unfinest hour since 1938 Based on interviews with many of the chief partiA polemical account of Britain s disruptive and damaging role in the break up of Yugoslavia For most of 1992 1995, Britain stood aside while an internationally recognised state was attacked by externally sponsored rebels bent on a campaign of territorial aggression and ethnic cleansing It was her unfinest hour since 1938 Based on interviews with many of the chief participants, parliamentary debates, and a wide range of sources, Brendan Simm s brilliant study traces the roots of British policy and the highly sophisticated way in which the government sought to minimise the crisis and defuse popular and American pressure for action We all continue to live with the results of these shameful actions to this day.

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    About “Brendan Simms

    1. Brendan Simms says:

      Brendan Peter Simms is Professor of the History of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge Simms studied at Trinity College Dublin, where he was elected a scholar in history in 1986, before completing his doctoral dissertation, Anglo Prussian relations, 1804 1806 The Napoleonic Threat, at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Tim Blanning in 1993 A Fellow of Peterhouse, he lectures and leads seminars on international history since 1945



    2 thoughts on “Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia

    1. nwhytevejournal/1523761mlThis book, written in 2000 and revised in 2001, is an excellent polemic against the awfulness of British policy on Bosnia for most of the duration of the 1992-95 war. Simms describes with vicious accuracy the unwillingness of the Major government to intervene in the conflict, and its success in blocking other international actors from doing so. He convincingly points the finger at three senior figures - Douglas Hurd, the Foreign Secretary for most of the war; David Owen, [...]

    2. It's taken me a long time to get around to reading this book, so I have the advantage of a little more hindsight than was available when it was written. It has largely stood this test, and is liable to provoke the reader to some degree of anger. Simms himself clearly experiences great disgust at the conduct of the Major government during the years covered, which comes across as all the more telling for his measured prose.The facts of the matter are that Europe experienced a security crisis of pr [...]

    3. I can honestly say this is one of the finest books I have ever read. A stunning indictment of narrow-minded and mendacious attitudes of Britain's political, diplomatic, military and media establishments during the 1990s, in the face of brutal and unjust Serbian aggression. A well-sourced and fantastically polemical attack on the effects of unthinking and unsophisticated realpolitik, that should be a lesson to all British policy-makers.

    4. A must for anyone who is interested in the whys and hows of the military and political decisions regarding Bosnia in the Western countries!

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