The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011

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A newly revised and updated edition of an award-winning BBC correspondent's magisterial history of the Balkan region

This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to more than one hundred years of events in this war-torn area. No other book covers the entire region, or offers such profound insights into the roots of Balkan violence, or explains so vividly the origins of modern Serbia, ...

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Overview

A newly revised and updated edition of an award-winning BBC correspondent's magisterial history of the Balkan region

This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to more than one hundred years of events in this war-torn area. No other book covers the entire region, or offers such profound insights into the roots of Balkan violence, or explains so vividly the origins of modern Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania. Now updated to include the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, the capture of all indicted war criminals from the Yugoslav wars, and each state's quest for legitimacy in the European Union, The Balkans explores the often catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention.

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Editorial Reviews

Timothy Garton Ash
"His book covers an amazing amount of historical and geographical ground, ranging from early nineteenth-century Greece to Kosovo the day before yesterday. . . . This is popular history of the Norman Davies school, conceived on a large scale, highly readable, accessible, full of the music of the past. Its great strengths are evocation, fascinating detail and narrative sweep. A great achievement."
San Francisco Chronicle
"The first comprehensive history of the relationship in the modern era between the great powers and the various Balkan peoples."
San Francisco Chronicle

"The first comprehensive history of the relationship in the modern era between the great powers and the various Balkan peoples."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142422564
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 528,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Misha Glenny was born in 1958 and educated at Bristol Universty and Charles University in Prague. His coverage of the fall of communism in 1989-1990 was widely acclaimed and led to the writing of his first book, The Rebirth of History. During the Yugoslav crisis of the early 1990s, he was the Central Europe correspondent for the BBC World Service. In 1993, he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. Glenny's The Fall of Yugoslavia (1993) won the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs. His other books include McMafia: Journey through the Global Underworld and DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops, and You. He has written for most major news outlets in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia and has lectured around the world, most recently as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Maps xiii

Introduction xxi

1 A confederacy of peasants: Rebellion and revolution, 1804-66 1

2 The realm of ruins: Reform and decay, 1839-78 70

3 A maze of conspiracy: The southern Balkans, 1878-1914 135

4 The empire of illusions: The northern Balkans, 1878-1914 249

5 A house of wars: War and peace, 1914-24 307

6 The palaces of deceit: The royal dictatorships, 1923-41 393

7 City of the dead: Occupation, genocide, liberation, civil war, 1941-9 478

8 Prisons of history: Communism and militarism, 1949-89 545

9 The Balkan vortex: Nationalism, war and NATO, 1989-99 634

Epilogue: The Swinging Doors: Europe, crime and economic crisis, 1999-2012 663

Glossary 707

Notes 711

Bibliography 733

Index 747

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