Sunday, January 07, 2007

Death of Yugoslavia Documentary

Someone on YouTube has posted the BBC's "Death of Yugoslavia" Documentary

Part I

Part II

(some of these clips may overlap with the Struggle For Bosnia clips listed below).

Part I: The Struggle For Bosnia

Part II: The Struggle For Bosnia

Part III: The Struggle For Bosnia

Part IV: The Struggle For Bosnia

Part V: The Struggle For Bosnia

Part VI: The Struggle For Bosnia

Part VII: The Struggle For Bosnia

Part VIII: The Struggle For Bosnia

Note: Part IV only played approx. 1 minute of the 9 minute clip; hopefully this problem will remedy itself over the next few days.


Owen said...

I don't quite follow. Is Struggle for Bosnia a series that uses the same material as Death of Yugoslavia?

Shaina said...

Struggle For Bosnia is from the Death of Yugoslavia; it is just a re-edited version of the show.

Anonymous said...

Yeaaaahhh...I'm sure that anything by the BBC on Yugoslavia will be very objective. Sure.

I've seen so much from the BBC that I think I will keep my blood pressure down and not bother to look at this.

Owen said...

"Blackbird"'s comment (which suggests that s/he isn't familiar with "The Death of Yugoslavia" and might be interested to watch it) has set me off thinking tangentially. it's not a pleasant subject but something that puzzles me, and that's the constant reference to blackbirds, not black birds, feeding on the corpses at Kosovo Polje (I presume that's the inspiration for "Blackbird"'s nom de blog.

Blackbirds eat insects, arthropods, etc., not animal flesh. Blackbirds are certainly black birds. But not all black birds are blackbirds. Even though the image of "black birds feeding on corpses" is visually striking and memorable, historical descriptions of bloody battles in British history refer quite specifically to ravens and crows. In the rurally-based mediaeval economy people - soldiers and chroniclers alike - clearly knew the differences between their birds.

So assuming that vultures would have been distinctive enough to be identified as such, the birds involved seem likely to have been corvids, probably ravens or carrion crows. I wonder how this confusion has been preserved in this way across the centuries. Perhaps it's the perverse poetic imagery of mingling the notions of carnage and birdsong that has become incorporated into the cultural mythology of the event.

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