Branka Magas is a historian, journalist and commentator on the former Yugoslavia. She co-founded the Croatian Peace Forum in 1991 and the Alliance to Defend Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993. She is the author of several works, including The Destruction of Yugoslavia.
"Branka Magas's book is an authoritative attempt to shed light on the development of Croatia from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century...Magas provides a detailed and highly complex account of the birth, expansion and conflicts of the national ideologies in the Habsburg empire...Magas has written by far the most comprehensive history of Croatia currently available in English. It is an erudite scholarly and extremely detailed account that covers quite well all the important facets of this highly complex and for the most part troubled history...Magas has written a highly valuable book...a clear and useful guide to the origins of present day Croatia."The Irish Times.