The Balkan Wars: Conquest, Revolution and Retribution from the Ottoman Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond

The Balkan Wars: Conquest, Revolution and Retribution from the Ottoman Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond

by Andre Gerolymatos
     
 

When it comes to the Balkans, most people quickly become lost in the quagmire of struggle and intractable hatred that consumes that ancient land today. Many assume that the genesis of the past ten years of atrocity in the region might have had something to do with Tito and his repressive Yugoslav regime, or perhaps with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914.

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When it comes to the Balkans, most people quickly become lost in the quagmire of struggle and intractable hatred that consumes that ancient land today. Many assume that the genesis of the past ten years of atrocity in the region might have had something to do with Tito and his repressive Yugoslav regime, or perhaps with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914. The seeds were really planted much, much earlier, on a desolate plain in Kosovo in 1389, when the Serbian Prince Lazar and his army clashed with and were defeated by the Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad I.In this riveting new history of the Balkan peoples, André Gerolymatos explores how ancient events engendered cultural myths that evolved over time, gaining psychic 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-including the assassin/heroes Milos Obolic and Gavrilo Princip and the warlord 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Vito F Sinisi
What is it about the area which encompasses Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Yugoslavia that has condemned it to suffer through centuries of warfare and strife? Can the ongoing struggle that's stretched from the ancient Ottoman Empire to the "ethnic cleansing" of the 1990's ever be halted? Historian Andre Gerolymatos takes a searching look at this troubled region.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465027316
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/03/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

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