Look Inside. 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. This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to recent events in this war-torn area. Misha Glenny presents a lucid and fair-minded account of each national group in the Balkans and its struggle for statehood. The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Glenny also explores the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention.
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A refreshed edition of the landmark history of the Balkans. His coverage of the fall of communism in was widely acclaimed. In he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. His books include DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You and the highly praised McMafia , 'one of the essential non-fiction works of our time', which has been adapted as a major BBC 1 drama for Download cover.
In this celebrated, landmark history of the Balkans, Misha Glenny investigates the roots of the bloodshed, invasions and nationalist fervour that have come to define our understanding of the south-eastern edge of Europe.
In doing so, he reveals that groups we think of as implacable enemies have, over the centuries, formed unlikely alliances, thereby disputing the idea that conflict in the Balkans is the ineluctable product of ancient grudges.
And he exposes the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, raising profound questions about recent Western intervention.
Updated to cover the last decade's brutal conflicts in Kosovo and Macedonia, the surge of organised crime in the region, the rise of Turkey and the rocky road to EU membership, The Balkans remains the essential and peerless study of Europe's most complex and least understood region. More books by this author. Category: History. ISBN: The Colony Grace Karskens. Australians Thomas Keneally. Australians Volume 2 Thomas Keneally. Australians volume 3 Thomas Keneally.
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The Balkans, 1804-2012 : Nationalism, War and the Great Powers
A refreshed edition of the landmark history of the Balkans. His coverage of the fall of communism in was widely acclaimed. In he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. His books include DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You and the highly praised McMafia , 'one of the essential non-fiction works of our time', which has been adapted as a major BBC 1 drama for
If you ever wondered why Lord Byron died in a remote place called Missolonghi, or exactly what a Young Turk is, or why bullett fired by a Serbian nationalist in the provincial backwater Sarajevo started World War I -- it's all here: from the First Serbian uprising in to the latest Serbian shenanigans in Kosovo earlier this year. Glenny's account of each national group in the Balkans and its struggle for statehood is lucid and fair-minded, and he brings the culture of different nationalisms to life. The narrative is studded with sharply observed set pieces and portraits of kings, guerillas, bandits, generals and politicians. He interweaves a narrative of key events with the story of international affairs -- the relations between states in the Balkans, and between them and the great powers. It is the latter relationship that lies at the heart of this compulsively-readable book.
The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804 - 1999
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