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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Death of Yugoslavia
Death of Yugoslavia television documentary archive
1941, 1985-1996
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
33 boxes and A3 size folder (0. 33 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)

Brian Lapping Associates

Administrative / Biographical history

The Death of Yugoslavia is a five part television documentary produced by Brian Lapping Associates, a London based television production company, for the BBC television and broadcast during Sep-Oct 1995. The Associate Producer of the documentary was Michael Simkin, Series Producer - Norma Percy, Producer/Director - Angus Macqueen and Paul Mitchell.

Archival history

A number of the video cassettes of interviews have been retained by Brian Lapping Associates. Copies of the Survey of World Broadcasts Apr-Aug 1995, listed as deposited, have not been located.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Norma Percy, Brian Lapping Associates, Nov 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The Death of Yugoslavia archive, 1941,1985-1996, consists of interview transcripts, videotapes, transmission scripts, files, press cuttings and published material concerning the disintegration of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) during 1987-1994. It includes VHS videos of episodes 1-5 of the documentary Death of Yugoslavia , and transcripts of eighty-seven interviews, mostly uncut (though questions are sometimes omitted), with eyewitnesses the Republics of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (containing only the Republics of Serbia and Montenegro), who describe their experiences of the rise of nationalism, constitutional developments, civil war and ethnic conflict, and members of the international community, involved in the search for a solution. Interviewees include government and military personnel from the highest levels of the SFRY, and officials of the European Community and the United Nations, such as Slobodan Milosevic, Chairman of Central Committee of the Serbian League of Communist, 1986-1989, President of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), 1990, President of Serbia, 1989-1992, President of Republic of Serbia, 1992-1997; Dr Mirjana Markovic, Belgrade university professor, Founder of Yugoslav United Left (JUL) and wife of Slobodan Milosevic; Alija Izetbegovic, Bosnian Muslim, founding leader of Party for Democratic Action (SDA), and President of Bosnia Herzegovina, 1990-1998; Radovan Karadzic, Bosnian Serb leader, head of Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) from 1990 Milan Babic, leader of Krajina Serbs; Mile-Jastreb Dedakovic, Croatian commander of Vukovar; Gen Milutin Kukanjac, Commander Yugoslav Peoples' Army (JNA) Second Army District based in Sarajevo, 1992; Sefer Halilovic, First Commander of the Bosnian Army; Gen Petar Gracanin, Yugoslav Peoples' Army (JNA), Serbian President, 1988-1989, Yugoslav Federal Interior Minister [1990]; Borislav Jovic, Serbian representative to Yugoslavia and, President of the Yugoslav Federal Presidency, 1990-1991; Milan Kucan, Slovene Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, 1986-1990, and Slovene President from 1990; Dobrica Cosic, Serb nationalist writer, President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1992-1993; Azem Vllasi, ethnic Albanian Party leader in Kosovo; Ivan Stambolic, Serbian President 1985-1986; Franjo Tudjman, first elected President of Croatia, 1990-1999 and founder of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ); Gianni De Michelis, Italian Foreign Minister, 1989-1992; Maj Gen Lewis MacKenzie, Canadian United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) Chief of Staff, Sarajevo, 1992; Larry Hollingworth, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Officer in Bosnia; Lt Gen Sir (Hugh) Michael Rose, British Commander of United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), Bosnia, 1994-1995; Sir David Hannay, British Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), 1990-1995; Hans Dietrich Genscher, German Foreign Minister 1982-1992; Peter Galbraith, US Ambassador to Croatia, 1993-1998; Rt Hon Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 6th Baron Carrington (Lord Carrington); Chairman of the European Community conference on Yugoslavia, 1991-1992; and Rt Hon David Anthony Llewellyn Owen, Baron Owen of the City of Plymouth (Lord Owen), European Community (EC) mediator and co-chairman of the EC Conference on former Yugoslavia, 1992-1995.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above, with the interview transcripts and video cassettes arranged in alphabetical order by surname.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

Predominantly English, but including material in Serbo-Croat, Slovene, French and German.

Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available online and in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Source: The Death of Yugoslavia by Laura Silber and Allan Little (Revised Edition, The Penguin Group and BBC Worldwide, London, 1996).Description compiled by Alison Field

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2002


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  • Civil war
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • Government
  • Internal politics
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Liberation movements
  • Newly independent states
  • Peace
  • Peacekeeping
  • Political conflicts
  • Political crises
  • Political doctrines
  • Political leaders
  • Political movements
  • Political systems
  • State security
  • War

Personal names

  • Babic, Milan, fl 1985-1996, leader of the Krajina Serbs
  • Carrington, Peter Alexander Rupert, b 1919, 6th Baron Carrington, British Foreign Secretary
  • Cosic, Dobrica, b 1921, Serb nationalist writer and President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • De Michelis, Gianni, fl 1989-1992, Italian politician
  • Dedakovic, Mile-Jastreb, fl 1985-1999, Croatian commander of Vukovar
  • Genscher, Hans-Dietrich, b 1927, German Foreign Minister
  • Gracanin, Petar, b 1923, President of Serbia
  • Halilovic, Sefer, b 1952, First Commander of the Bosnian Army
  • Hannay, Sir, David Hugh Alexander, b 1935, diplomat
  • Izetbegovic, Alija, b 1925, President of Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Jovic, Bosislav, fl 1990-1991, President of the Yugoslav Federal Presidency
  • Karadzic, Radovan, b 1945, Bosnian Serb leader
  • Kucan, Milan, b 1941, President of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Kukanjac, Milutin, fl 1992, General, Yugoslav Peoples' Army
  • MacKenzie, Lewis, fl 1960-2002, Major General, Commander UN Protection Force, Sarajevo, 1992
  • Markovic, Mirjana, b 1942, founder of Yugoslav United Left (JUL) and wife of Slobodan Milosevic
  • Milosevic, Slobodan, b 1941, President of Serbia
  • Owen, David Anthony Llewellyn, b 1938, Baron Owen of the City of Plymouth, politician
  • Rose, Sir, Hugh Michael, b 1940, Knight, General
  • Stambolic, Ivan, 1936- ? 2000, President of Serbia
  • Tudjman, Franjo, b 1922, President of Croatia
  • Vllasi, Azem, b 1948, ethnic Albanian Party leader in Kosovo

Corporate names

  • UNHCR, United Nations High Commission for Refugees
  • UNPROFOR, United Nations Protection Force


  • Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eastern Europe
  • Croatia, Eastern Europe
  • Montenegro, Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe
  • Slovenia, Eastern Europe
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Eastern Europe

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