"The best book I have read on the interactive relationships between contexts— economic, political, social—and educational policy. Gracefully written, theoretically nuanced, and methodologically sound, Jana Bacevic shows how education became central to efforts to stabilize a disintegrating economy in Yugoslavia before its dissolution and how it remained a critical dimension in the struggles over religious influences and ethnic identities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. She reveals how education policies in turn had consequences beyond schools and universities, a process that made, and continues to make, education central in societies around the world. Set in the Balkans, her story resonates globally, whereever education becomes intertwined with economic development, social change, religion and ethnicity, and national identity. A must read!"