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The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011

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A newly revised and updated edition of an award-winning BBC correspondent's magisterial history of the Balkan region

This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to more than one hundred years of 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. Now updated to include the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, the capture of all indicted war criminals from the Yugoslav wars, and each state's quest for legitimacy in the European Union, The Balkans explores the often catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention.

Synopsis:

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.

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

Maps

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142422564
Author:
Glenny, Misha
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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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.
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