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The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-1999

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This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to recent events in this war-torn area. No other book covers the entire region, or offers such profound insights into the roots of Balkan violence, or explains so vividly the origins of modern Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania. Misha Glenny presents a lucid and fair-minded account of each national group in the Balkans and its struggle for statehood. The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Glenny also explores the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention.

Synopsis:

This unique history of Balkan geopolitics since the 19th century gives readers essential background to recent events in the war-torn area. It also explains the origins of the modern countries, from Serbia and Bosnia to Romania and Albania, and is studded with portraits of kings, politicians, and guerrillas. Maps.

About the Author

The longtime central European correspondent for the BBC World Service based in Vienna, Misha Glenny has lived in and worked all over the Balkans. His books include The Rebirth of History and The Fall of Yugoslavia, winner of the 1992 Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

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Introduction

1 A confederacy of peasants

Rebellion and revolution, 1804–66

2 The realm of ruins

Reform and decay, 1839–78

3 A maze of conspiracy

The southern Balkans, 1878–1914

4 The empire of illusions

The northern Balkans, 1878–1914

5 A house of wars

War and peace, 1914–24

6 The palaces of deceit

The royal dictatorships, 1923–41

7 City of the dead

Occupation, genocide, liberation, civil war, 1941–49

8 Prisons of history

Communism and militarism, 1949–89

Epilogue: The Balkan Vortex

Nationalism, war and NATO, 1989–99

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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kostakus, September 24, 2006 (view all comments by kostakus)
I haven'n read the book so my comment is going to be on the review given from the web site editors not on the book. Please, pay attention when saying that this book is about the Balkans countries when in your explenation you forgot to (unpurpously or not) mention Macedonia. You only say that Mr. Glenny's book is on the Balkan countries such as this and that but when you name them all you didn't name Macedonia as if in the book there is no information on this country when if you only check the content you will see that Macedonia is the main actor in all the events in that time and for your clarification one must know that Macedonia is the core of the Balkan history. All starts with Macedonia and eventualy all will end with Macedonia. I know that Greeks have a lot of influence all over the world but come on, one should always now how to present a content of book such as this one in order to sell it well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140233773
Subtitle:
Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-1999
Author:
Glenny, Misha
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Baltic States
Subject:
Balkan peninsula
Subject:
Europe - Baltic States
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Balkan Republics
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
368/March 2001
Publication Date:
20010901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
8.46x5.74x1.69 in. 1.50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , This unique history of Balkan geopolitics since the 19th century gives readers essential background to recent events in the war-torn area. It also explains the origins of the modern countries, from Serbia and Bosnia to Romania and Albania, and is studded with portraits of kings, politicians, and guerrillas. Maps.

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