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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, 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|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
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
What People are Saying About This
"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."
"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."
"Above all, the book is justified by the insights which add up to a convincing picture of the problems."
"An endeavor which deserves extraordinary admiration and as yet has no rival."
"Compelling . . . Glenny's book should be required reading for all those wishing to know what has gone wrong with the region."
"A very considerable achievement . . . both heart-rending and beautifully judged."