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Death of Yugoslavia
Produced by Norma Percy
Executive producer
Brian Lapping
Nicholas Fraser
Associate producer
Tihomir Loza
Starring Blagoje Adžić
Yasushi Akashi
Slobodan Milošević
Ivan Stambolić
Borisav Jović
Raif Dizdarević
Azem Vllasi
Music by Debbie Wiseman
Cinematography Robert Andrejas
Ray Brislin
François Paumard
Markan Radeljic
Alexandar Stipic
Editing by Dawn Griffiths
Distributed by BBC
Release date(s) September 3, 1995
Running time 50 min (6 parts)
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Language English

The Death of Yugoslavia (Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian: Smrt Jugoslavije, Macedonian: Смртта на Југославија, Smrtta na Jugoslavija) is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and is also the name of a book written by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. It is notable in its combination of never-before-seen archive footage interspersed with interviews of most of the main players in the conflict, including Slobodan Milošević, then President of Serbia. This format, pioneered by the programme's production company, Brian Lapping Associates, was very influential and the company produced many others in similar style.

The six parts were entitled:

  1. Enter Nationalism
  2. The Road to War
  3. Wars of Independence
  4. The Gates of Hell
  5. A Safe Area
  6. Pax Americana

The programme has been re-edited in three parts:

  1. Enter Milošević
  2. The Croats Strike Back
  3. The Struggle for Bosnia

And was later broadcast as a feature-length single documentary.

All the papers relating to the documentary series, including full transcripts of the many valuable interviews conducted with participants, are lodged at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College, University of London. The catalogue can be examined here

During the trial of Milošević before the ICTY, Judge Bonomy called the nature of much of the commentary "tendentious".[1] This was because there were instances in which an interview in the Serbian language was subtitled incorrectly and often in a misleading manner (for example, the subtitling translated an interviewee saying that "Milosevic always won the elections on a nationalistic platform and nothing else", rather than "... on a national platform... ").[2]

See also


  1. ^ See page 48683, line 9 onwards[1]
  2. ^ See page 43850, line 19 onwards [2]

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