The Balkans, 1804-2012


This text is a survey of two centuries of history, providing a background on the events happening in the Balkans. It provides insights into the roots of the region’s reputation and explains the origins of modern Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and others.

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‘A great achievement’ Timothy Garton Ash Bloodshed. Invasions. Nationalist fervor. In this classic and celebrated history of the Balkans, Misha Glenny shows how the countries on the South-Eastern edge of Europe are seen by the rest of the world, and how the real story of the last 200 years is much more surprising. There are groups we think of as implacable enemies, who have, over the centuries, formed unlikely alliances, disrupting the idea that conflict in the Balkans is the inevitable product of ancient grudges. And there is the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, a dark history that raises profound questions about Western intervention. From the region’s turbulent nineteenth century to the recent brutal conflicts in Kosovo and Macedonia, the surge of organised crime, 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. ‘An endeavour which deserves extraordinary admiration and as yet has no rival’ Guardian ‘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’ Observer

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Weight0.822 kg
Dimensions22.1 × 15 × 5 cm










Revised and updated edition


949.6 (edition:23)


College – higher education / Code: F