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

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

by Misha Glenny

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ISBN-13: 9780142422564
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 190,206
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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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Neal Ascherson

"Misha Glenny is the wisest and most reflective of all the Western journalists who have covered this part of Europe in the past two decades . . . this was an enormously ambitious book to undertake, but it is the book which Europe and America need."

Dusko Doder

"Excellent . . . Glenny's audacious theme is that the Balkans are not a freestanding powder keg, but a 'powder trail' laid by the great powers themselves."

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

"Above all, the book is justified by the insights which add up to a convincing picture of the problems."

Jonathan Steele

"An endeavor which deserves extraordinary admiration and as yet has no rival."

Jonathan Eyal

"Compelling . . . Glenny's book should be required reading for all those wishing to know what has gone wrong with the region."

David Rieff

"A very considerable achievement . . . both heart-rending and beautifully judged."

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