Sarajevo's Holiday Inn: On the frontline of politics and war

Sarajevo's Holiday Inn: On the frontline of politics and war

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Kenneth Morrison (De Montfort University)
Chair: 
Elizabeth Roberts (Trinity College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

Sarajevo’s Holiday Inn on the Frontline of Politics and War charts the rich history of the city’s famous Holiday Inn hotel. Describing in detail the tumultuous events that took place within its walls and in its immediate environs, this book explores the opening of the building in advance of the 1984 Winter Olympics through the early 1990s when the hotel was utilized by political elites through to the siege of Sarajevo, when the hotel became the main base for foreign correspondents. Kenneth Morrison draws upon a plethora of primary and secondary sources, and includes extensive interviews with many participants in the drama that was played out within the confines of the hotel, contextualizing the case of the Holiday Inn by analyzing how hotels are utilized in times of conflict.  

Kenneth Morrison is a Professor in Modern Southeast European History at De Montfort University, UK. He has written extensively on the modern history of the Balkans and is the author of Montenegro: A Modern History (2009) and The Sandžak: A History (2013), with Elizabeth Roberts.