The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2012: New and Updated

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House of Anansi, Sep 5, 2012 - History - 800 pages
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From the bestselling author of McMafia and DarkMarket comes this unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century which 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.

  

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Review: The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804-1999

User Review  - Anurag - Goodreads

An very readable and consistently unbiased account of this lesser known region. At times, I wished it went deeper into sociological history - but this book is primarily a journalistic account - one that is very well-researched. Read full review

Review: The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804-1999

User Review  - George Hodgson - Goodreads

A very detailed account. For those interested in why things are happening in the Baltics, this helps explain a lot. Read full review

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Misha Glenny is the international bestselling author of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld; DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and named a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book;The Rebirth of History; The Fall of Yugoslavia , which won the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs; and The Balkans: 1804–1999. He was an International Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He has worked as a political consultant in southeastern Europe, and is regularly consulted by U.S. and European governments on Balkan issues. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, London Review of Books, the Globe and Mail, the New Statesman, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. He lives in London, U.K.

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