The Balkan Wars

The Balkan Wars

by Andre Gerolymatos
     
 

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In this riveting new history of the Balkan peoples, André Gerolymatos explores how ancient events engendered cultural myths that evolved over time, gaining strength in the collective consciousnesses of Orthodox Christians and Muslims alike. In colorful detail, we meet the key figures that instigated and perpetuated these myths--assassin/heroes such as Milos

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In this riveting new history of the Balkan peoples, André Gerolymatos explores how ancient events engendered cultural myths that evolved over time, gaining strength in the collective consciousnesses of Orthodox Christians and Muslims alike. In colorful detail, we meet the key figures that instigated and perpetuated these myths--assassin/heroes such as Milos Obolic and Gavrilo Princip and warlords such as Ali Pasha. This lively survey of centuries of strife finally puts the modern conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo into historical context, and provides a long overdue account of the origins of ethnic hatred and warmongering in this turbulent land.

Editorial Reviews

Nicholas Gage
As riveting as Balkan Ghosts but enhanced by the objectivity and perspective of a skilled historian, The Balkan Wars is the most compelling book to be published on the region in years.
Eleni and Greek Fire
Kirkus Reviews
A useful historical overview of 'a centuries-long theater of the macabre'.... An even-handed survey for anyone bewildered by recent events in a once-remote pocket of Europe.
Booklist
Stimulating, engrossing.... Gerolymatos is a fine writer who interweaves fascinating vignettes about quirky personalities into the broader narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786724574
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,068,660
File size:
4 MB

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Andre Gerolymatos holds the chair of Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. His previous books include Guerrilla Warfare and Espionage in Greece, 1940-1944, Espionage and Treason in Classical Greece, and The Balkan Wars. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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