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On February 17 2008 Kosovo declared its independence becoming the seventh state to emerge from the break up of the former Yugoslavia A tiny country of just two million people 90% of whom are ethnic Albanians Kosovo is central geographically historically and politically to the future of the Western Balkans and in turn its potential future within the European Union But the fate of both Kosovo condemned by Serbian leaders as a fake state and the region as a whole remains uncertain In Kosovo What Everyone Needs to Know Tim Judah provides a straight forward guide to the complicated place that is Kosovo Judah who has spent years covering the region offers succinct penetrating answers to a wide range of uestions Why is Kosovo important? Who are the Albanians? Who are the Serbs? Why is Kosovo so important to Serbs? What role does Kosovo play in the region and in the world? Judah reveals how things stand now and presents the history and geopolitical dynamics that have led to it The most important of these is the uestion of the right to self determination invoked by the Kosovo Albanians as opposed to right of territorial integrity invoked by the Serbs For many Serbs Kosovo's declaration of independence and subseuent recognition has been traumatic a savage blow to national pride Albanians on the other hand believe their independence rights an historical wrong the Serbian conuest Serbs say liberation of Kosovo in 1912 For anyone wishing to understand both the history and possible future of Kosovo at this pivotal moment in its history this book offers a wealth of insight and information in a uniuely accessible formatOn February 17 2008 Kosovo declared its independence becoming the seventh state to emerge from the break up of the former Yugoslavia A tiny country of just two million people 90% of whom are ethnic Albanians Kosovo is central geographically historically and politically to the future of the Western Balkans and in turn its potential future within the European Union But the fate of both Kosovo condemned by Serbian leaders as a fake state and the region as a whole remains uncertain In Kosovo What Everyone Needs to Know Tim Judah provides a straight forward guide to the complicated place that is Kosovo Judah who has spent years covering the region offers succinct penetrating answers to a wide range of uestions Why is Kosovo important? Who are the Albanians? Who are the Serbs? Why is Kosovo so important to Serbs? What role does Kosovo play in the region and in the world? Judah reveals how things stand now and presents the history and geopolitical dynamics that have led to it The most important of these is the uestion of the right to self determination invoked by the Kosovo Albanians as opposed to right of territorial integrity invoked by the Serbs For many Serbs Kosovo's declaration of independence and subseuent recognition has been traumatic a savage blow to national pride Albanians on the other hand believe their independence rights an historical wrong the Serbian conuest Serbs say liberation of Kosovo in 1912 For anyone wishing to understand both the history and possible future of Kosovo at this pivotal moment in its history this book offers a wealth of insight and information in a uniuely accessible formatOn February 17 2008 Kosovo declared its independence becoming the seventh state to emerge from the break up of the former Yugoslavia A tiny country of just two million people 90% of whom are ethnic Albanians Kosovo is central geographically historically and politically to the future of the Western Balkans and in turn its potential future within the European Union But the fate of both Kosovo condemned by Serbian leaders as a fake state and the region as a whole remains uncertain In Kosovo What Everyone Needs to Know Tim Judah provides a straight forward guide to the complicated place that is Kosovo Judah who has spent years covering the region offers succinct penetrating answers to a wide range of uestions Why is Kosovo important? Who are the Albanians? Who are the Serbs? Why is Kosovo so important to Serbs? What role does Kosovo play in the region and in the world? Judah reveals how things stand now and presents the history and geopolitical dynamics that have led to it The most important of these is the uestion of the right to self determination invoked by the Kosovo Albanians as opposed to right of territorial integrity invoked by the Serbs For many Serbs Kosovo's declaration of independence and subseuent recognition has been traumatic a savage blow to national pride Albanians on the other hand believe their independence rights an historical wrong the Serbian conuest Serbs say liberation of Kosovo in 1912 For anyone wishing to understand both the history and possible future of Kosovo at this pivotal moment in its history this book offers a wealth of insight and information in a uniuely accessible format