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History of the Balkans : Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804-1999

History of the Balkans : Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804-1999 - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0670853380

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ISBN13: 978-0670853380
ISBN10: 0670853380
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Viking
Published: 1999
International: No

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History of the Balkans : Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804-1999 - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0670853380

Misha Glenny

ISBN13: 978-0670853380
ISBN10: 0670853380
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Viking

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

In a timely, passionate survey of Balkan history since the early nineteenth century, Misha Glenny chronicles the essential background to the recent terrible events in this war-torn region. No other book covers the entire region or provides 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. Glenny's compulsively readable account brings the culture of different nationalisms to life in a narrative studded with sharply-drawn set pieces and colorful portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals and politicians.

Glenny shows how throughout history great-power interference in the region has been catastrophic for the peoples of the Balkans and how so-called ethnic hatreds have often been intensified by misguided diplomats in distant capitals, creating states, allocating populations, and redrawing borders--invariably with deadly results. It remains to be seen, Glenny argues, whether the most recent Western intervention will have a more benign outcome.

Author Bio

Glenny, Misha :

The longtime central European correspondent for the BBC World Service based in Vienna, Misha Glenny has lived in and worked all over the Balkans. His books include The Rebirth of History and The Fall of Yugoslavia, winner of the 1992 Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs.

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