The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism

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"At the end of the twentieth century people spoke as if the Balkans had plagued Europe forever." Mark Mazower dispels current Western cliches and replaces stereotypes with an account of how mountains, empires and religions have shaped their inhabitants' lives. As a bridge between Europe and Asia the Balkans has been exposed to a constant incursion of nomadic peoples across the centuries. Mountain ranges made farming hard and political control almost impossible and allowed small communities to live side by side through to the end of the twentieth
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Overview

"At the end of the twentieth century people spoke as if the Balkans had plagued Europe forever." Mark Mazower dispels current Western cliches and replaces stereotypes with an account of how mountains, empires and religions have shaped their inhabitants' lives. As a bridge between Europe and Asia the Balkans has been exposed to a constant incursion of nomadic peoples across the centuries. Mountain ranges made farming hard and political control almost impossible and allowed small communities to live side by side through to the end of the twentieth century. Empires based on religion not ethnicity shaped customs and beliefs in ways that did not entirely vanish with the coming of modernity.
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Library Journal
Hupchick (history, Wilkes Univ.; Conflict and Chaos in Eastern Europe) offers a comprehensive introductory survey of the history of the Balkans in its entirety. He follows the traditions of the great historians of the region, such as Charles and Barbara Jelavich (The Establishment of the Balkan National States) and fills the gap left by so many books from the past decade by offering a historically impartial overview of the region (not just of the former Yugoslavia but also of Greece, Albania, Romania, and Bulgaria). Moreover, Hupchick does not focus solely on nationalism, an interpretation that overwhelms present scholarship. He also outlines all the events that have profoundly shaped the Balkans, starting with the rise of Byzantium and ending with the fall of communism. Although this work will serve as a solid reference for specialists, it successfully targets nonspecialists and students wishing to acquaint themselves with the rich cultural traditions left by the three major civilizations that collided in this region: Islamic, Western Christian, and Eastern Orthodox. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries. Natasa Musa, New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"...a comprehensive introductory survey of the history of the Balkans in its entirety." -- Library Journal

He offers an introduction to an area whose history is little known to a general public...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312217365
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/12/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis P. Hupchick teaches history at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, where he also directs the East European and Russian Studies Program. He is co-author of The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans and The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, among many other books.

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Table of Contents

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• Introduction: Land, People, and Culture
Part I: Era of Byzantine Hegemony, 600-1355
• East Romans, Slavs, and Bulgars
• The First Bulgarian Empire
• Byzantium Declines
• Serbia Preeminent
• Further Readings: Part One
Part II: Era of Ottoman Domination, 1355-1804
• Ottoman Conquest
• The “Ottoman System”
• The Balkan Peoples Under the Ottomans
• Ottoman Destabilization
• Further Readings: Part Two
Part III: Era of Romantic Nationalism, 1804-1878
• The Rise of Romantic Nationalism
• Revolutions and Resurrected States
• Ottoman “Reform” Efforts
• The “Eastern Question”
• Further Readings: Part Three
Part IV: Era of Nation-State Nationalism, 1878-1944
• Early Nation-States
• National Conflicts
• World War I and Versailles
• The Interwar Years and World War II
• Further Readings: Part Four
Part V: Era of Socialist Domination, 1945-1991
• Communist Takeover
• The Greek Exception
• Splits in Socialism
• Communist Decline and Collapse
• Further Readings: Part V

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