Ottomans Into Europeans: State and Institution-building in South Eastern Europe

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Wim Van Meurs and Alina Mungiu-Pippidi have completed the first book on the history of institutions in the Balkans, commissioning a host of experts to write on the bureaucracies, judiciaries, democratic elections, free media, and local and central governments that rule the region.

The essays in this volume examine the selection, evolution, and performance of such entities within a post-Ottoman Balkan state and account for their regional variations. At the same time, they address...

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Overview

Wim Van Meurs and Alina Mungiu-Pippidi have completed the first book on the history of institutions in the Balkans, commissioning a host of experts to write on the bureaucracies, judiciaries, democratic elections, free media, and local and central governments that rule the region.

The essays in this volume examine the selection, evolution, and performance of such entities within a post-Ottoman Balkan state and account for their regional variations. At the same time, they address the commonalities and differences between individual countries in Southeastern and Western Europe, deciphering their institutional arrangements and choices. Contributors pursue two key issues: Did the post-Ottoman wave of Europeanization and Western-style institution building fail in the Balkans, and does this explain the region's continuing political fragility? And will the underlying factors that contributed to this failure resurface in future attempts to reintegrate the region?

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"An extremely important contribution to scholarly literature on the Balkans. By exploring the original transition from Ottoman rule to membership within 'Europe,' this book speaks to those working on the current transition from communism to liberal democracy and the EU." —Dejan Djokic, University of London, and author of Elusive Compromise: A History of Interwar Yugoslavia

"For anyone interested in the Balkans, this is the right book at the right time. It examines key historical issues essential to an understanding of state and society today, especially in light of the great project of the age: European integration."—Tim Judah, Balkans correspondent, Economist

"Ottomans into Europeans is a transnational approach to the problems faced by the states and societies of the southeastern peninsula of Europe as they emerged from dynastic empires. Scholars, students, and other readers interested in the current transition of the region-which could be called 'communists into Europeans'-will learn from this study of models, choices, and change in an earlier phase of postimperial state building."—Stevan Pavlowitch, author of Hitler's New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849040563
  • Publication date: 9/5/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Wim van Meurs has been Associate Professor of European History and Politics in the Political History Department at Radboud University Nijmegen since September 2004.

Dr Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She was a Shorenstein Fellow of Harvard University (1997-1998), a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard (1994-1995), and a Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute.

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