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David RohdeMazower's narrative challenges stereotypes and artfully uses quotations from travelers, diplomats and historians to create vivid images of the region's history.
— New York Times Book Review
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About the Author: Mark Mazower is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, London, and a former professor of history at Princeton University. He is the author of several books, most recently Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century.
“An invaluable resource for anyone hoping to gain an initial understanding of Balkan history.” —The New York Times
“An excellent primer on the region’s history.” —The Economist
“A highly suggestive analysis of an inexhaustible subject.” —Publishers Weekly
Posted September 12, 2005
I came across this book at a local B&N store. I started reading it and couldn't put it down so I bought it. The book presents the complex and thought provoking history of the Balkans in a very objective manner. Even though the book is short, it gives great depth of insight into Ottoman Europe and post World War I. The book also explains how certain biased views were formed and perputated. This book is not only of interest to academics but also to amateur history fans like me. I highly recommend this book to those who like reading and learning about the history of the region. It is also good for those who are tired of the current biased views of 'the West'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2003
As a military member who has travelled to the Balkans, I can say that Mazower's short history provided excellent insight into the various political/ideological issues which have led to the situations facing the area today. Anyone interested in trying to make some sense of the recent violence and NATO involvement should definitely read this short book. The author provides extremely insightful viewpoints into how the area's past history of strong Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian conquest has left its mark. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.