Blue Guide to Yugoslavia: Paris, France, 1970

This book was found on the shelves of a haphazardly organized bookstore on the north slope of Montmartre in Paris.  Its publication in 1970 predates both the collapse of communism and the ensuing civil war in Yugoslavia, depicting a country that was regarded by many West Europeans as offering an unthreatening glimpse of the East and for others simply an inexpensive beach holiday, much as Sharm el-Sheikh or Djerba are today.  Subsequent wars in the early-1990s would lend the region an air of tragedy, which I wrote about (the article can be read here) for Travel + Leisure after traveling through Bosnia, Croatia, and Montenegro in 2007.

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