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

ISBN13: 9780140233773
ISBN: 0140233776
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $20.0
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Published Date:
Edition 8.2.2001
Pages: 752
Average Goodreads rating: 4.06/5 (1161 ratings)

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. 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. 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.