The Death of Yugoslavia

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The Death of Yugoslavia
Produced by Norma Percy
Executive producer
Brian Lapping
Nicholas Fraser
Associate producer
Tihomir Loza
Music by Debbie Wiseman
Cinematography Robert Andrejas
Ray Brislin
François Paumard
Markan Radeljic
Alexandar Stipic
Edited by Dawn Griffiths
Distributed by BBC
Release dates
  • 3 September 1995 (1995-09-03)
Running time
50 min per episode
Country United Kingdom
Language English, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene, Albanian, Italian, German, French

The Death of Yugoslavia 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 Yugoslavia and the subsequent wars that followed. 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, Radovan Karadžić, Franjo Tuđman and Alija Izetbegović.

The series was awarded with a BAFTA award in 1996 for Best Factual Series.[1] Because of the series large amount of interviews with prominent leaders and commanders of the conflict, it has been frequently used by ICTY in war crimes prosecutions.[2]

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.[3]

During the trial of Slobodan Milošević before the ICTY, Judge Bonomy called the nature of much of the commentary "tendentious".[4] 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... ")[5]


Number Title Original airdate Overview Contributors
1 Enter Nationalism 1995 After the death of Josip Broz Tito, rising nationalism gets Yugoslavia in its grips. This is exacerbated after Slobodan Milošević takes power in Serbia and turns against the Kosovar Albanians. Ivan Stambolić
Slobodan Milošević
2 The Road to War 1995 In April 1990, Croatia held its first free parliamentary election. Ethnic Serbs in Croatia feel threatened by the nationalist tone of Croatia's newly elected President Franjo Tuđman and begin a Log Revolution in August 1990. On 19 May 1991, Croatia held an independence referendum, which was approved by a wide majority. The Battle of Vukovar of August 1991 was the first major battle in the Croatian War of Independence. Aleksandar Vasiljević
Martin Špegelj
Stjepan Mesić
Milan Martić
3 Wars of Independence 1995 Slovenia and Croatia soon declared their independence and ask for international recognition. But Belgrade (both capital of Serbia and Yugoslavia) does not see it this way as it soon means the collapse of Yugoslavia.
4 The Gates of Hell 1995 After Serbia and Croatia ends to agreement, Serbia involves itself in Bosnia where a lot of things are at stake. Here begins the longest and the most tragic part of the conflict.
5 A Safe Area 1995
6 Pax Americana 1995


The series has later been re-edited and released in three parts:

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

In another edit, it was broadcast as a feature-length single documentary.


See also[edit]

Other BBC documentaries also produced by Norma Percy include:


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  2. ^ ICTY
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  4. ^ [1] (see page 48683, line 9 onwards)
  5. ^ [2] (see page 43850, line 19 onwards)

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