The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011

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Penguin, 25 sep. 2012 - 800 páginas
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.

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Fascinating. Overwhelming. I've again started reading from the beginning, for the third time. So many names, so many titles, and empires and countries and shifting borders. I've not yet gotten past ... Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - rnsulentic - LibraryThing

This is a good introduction to the history of the Balkans starting in 1804. As Bismark is supposed to have said "It's always some damn thing in the Balkans" and Glenny documents the Great Power ... Leer reseña completa

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Acknowledgements
A confederacy of peasants
The realmofruins
A maze ofconspiracy
The empireofillusions
A house of wars War and peace 191424
The palaces of deceit The royal dictatorships 192341
City of the dead
Prisons of history
The Balkan vortex Nationalism war andNATO 198999
Europe crime and economiccrisis 19992012
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Sobre el autor (2012)

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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