Coverart for item
The Resource Slaughterhouse : Bosnia and the failure of the West, David Rieff

Slaughterhouse : Bosnia and the failure of the West, David Rieff

Label
Slaughterhouse : Bosnia and the failure of the West
Title
Slaughterhouse
Title remainder
Bosnia and the failure of the West
Statement of responsibility
David Rieff
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The war in Bosnia has confounded all our expectations. The end of the Cold War, most people imagined in 1989 and 1990, signaled the end of conflict in Europe. What Western Europeans already enjoyed - peace, prosperity, a common market - would be extended to countries like Yugoslavia. Like their neighbors in Croatia and Serbia, Bosnians - Croat, Serb, and Muslim alike - had the same expectations of the post-Communist era. Theirs was already a consumer culture, fueled by ever larger waves of tourists. In 1984, the Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo. That event seemed to presage the rosiest of futures. But when the Yugoslavian state began to collapse, Bosnia collapsed with it. Ferocious ethnic and religious antagonisms - held beneath the surface by decades of Communist rule - were seized upon by ex-Communist politicians now turned nationalist, who, desperate to hold on to power, sold them with inceasing propaganda to a nervous population terrified as the civic order they had grown up with fell apart. In 1991, war broke out in Croatia. In April 1992, it came to Bosnia. In reality, it was more slaughter than war. The siege of Sarajevo has gone on longer than any siege in modern history. And, as the world stood by, for the third time in twentieth-century Europe a small minority, this time not the Armenians or the Jews but the Muslims of Bosnia, underwent a genocide. In a shocking and deeply disturbing tour de force, David Rieff - perhaps America's most acclaimed chronicler of displaced people, of lives in flux - journeys into the center of the war in Bosnia, a slaughterhouse made even more horrible by the failure of the West and its surrogate, the United Nations, to do anything to stop the genocide. Rieff follows the civilians, not the fighting. He vividly documents the way the Bosnians moved from their initial shock that this fate of murder and loss was really to be theirs, to their belief that the West, the United States in particular, would help them, to their ultimate, terrifying certainty that they would be left alone to their fate. From the summer of 1992, soon after the fighting started, through the late fall of 1994, Rieff lived for extended periods in Bosnia. He spent prolonged time in Sarajevo, moved back and forth across the front lines, and rode on the convoys that, often under fire, attempted to deliver humanitarian aid to the civilian population. He chronicles the heroism and bitterness of the aid workers and staffers of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who knew, even as they tried to help, that their efforts were being used as a pretext for not intervening by the British and French in particular, and by United Nations bureaucrats. Slaughterhouse is both an unforgettable account of what the events in Bosnia during the last three years looked like from the ground and an unforgiving portrait of war, the first in Europe since the end of World War II, and of a genocide that might have been prevented and could have been stopped
Related
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rieff, David
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
  • Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
  • Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
  • Yugoslav War, 1991-1995
  • Rieff, David
  • United Nations
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
Label
Slaughterhouse : Bosnia and the failure of the West, David Rieff
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31409636
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780671881184
Lccn
94040148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1633004
Label
Slaughterhouse : Bosnia and the failure of the West, David Rieff
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31409636
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780671881184
Lccn
94040148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1633004

Library Locations

    • Thomas Jefferson LibraryBorrow it
      1 University Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63121, US
      38.710138 -90.311107
Processing Feedback ...