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 date
  • 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, Bosnian language

The Death of Yugoslavia is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and it is also the title of a BBC book by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of Yugoslavia, the subsequent wars and the signing of the final peace accords. It uses a combination of archived footage interspersed with interviews with most of the main players in the conflict, including Slobodan Milošević, Radovan Karadžić, Franjo Tuđman and Alija Izetbegović, as well as members of the International political community, who were active in the various peace initiatives.

The series was awarded a BAFTA award in 1996 for Best Factual Series.[1] It also won the 1995 Peabody Award.[2] Interviews for the series have been used by ICTY in war crimes prosecutions.[3]

All the papers relating to the documentary series, including the full transcripts of the interviews, are lodged at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College, University of London.[4]

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


Number Title Originally broadcast Overview
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.
2 The Road to War 1995 In April 1990, Croatia holds its first free parliamentary election. Ethnic Serbs in Croatia feel threatened by the nationalist tone of Croatia's newly elected President Franjo Tuđman and they begin a Log Revolution in August 1990. On 19 May 1991, Croatia holds an independence referendum, which is approved by a wide majority. The Battle of Vukovar of August 1991 is the first major battle in the Croatian War of Independence.
3 Wars of Independence 1995 Slovenia and Croatia soon declare their independence and ask for international recognition. But Belgrade (the capital of both Serbia and Yugoslavia) does not see it this way because it soon means the collapse of Yugoslavia.
4 The Gates of Hell 1995 After the war between Serbia and Croatia ends with the signing of an 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 was later 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.



  1. ^
  2. ^ "Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation". Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  3. ^ ICTY
  4. ^ here
  5. ^ [1] (see page 48683, line 9 onwards)

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