- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books (1 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184708771X
- ISBN-13: 978-1847087713
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Balkans: 1804 - 2012: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers Paperback – 1 Nov 2012
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About the Author
MISHA GLENNY was born in 1959 and educated at Bristol University and Charles University in Prague. His coverage of the fall of communism in 1989-90 was widely acclaimed. During the Yugoslavia crisis of the early 1990s he was Central Europe correspondent for the BBC World Service. In 1993 he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. Glenny speaks German, Czech and Serbo-Croat and has lived and worked all over the Balkans. His books include DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You and the highly praised McMafia, 'one of the essential non-fiction works of our time'
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Top Customer Reviews
The result is an excellent account that is a welcome addition to the many books on the Balkans.
Until around the 1940's fiction books about spies,particularly rather nasty ones, were invariably set in one of the countries that comprised the Balkans-Serbia being a popular choice. The same was true of a particular genre of Hollywood films. Why? The answer is because the Balkans have always been perceived by the general public as a region of mystery and violence. The assassination of the Archduke and his wife in 1914 caused therefore little surprise in some quarters. As one British newspaper stated at the time:'It is no surprise that this awful event occurred in that infernal region'. The author makes clear that the region was regarded by many as 'an ill-chartered zone separating Europe's well-ordered civilisation from the chaos of the Orient'.
As Glenny points out dispute have been commonplace over which countries comprise the Balkans. Is the Balkan peninsular in Asia or Europe is another long-standing question.
No European region in recent history has seen as much devastation as the Balkans.
Atrocities have been ferocious and inhumane. The same can be said some 100 years ago.
In this book the author explains how and why such thing have taken place at regular intervals, the pros and cons of Western involvement and destroys a number of myths in so doing.
I recommend this book to all interested in the region.
If you only buy one book covering this period and location, this is the one you need.
The understatement of the destrucitve force of nationalisms is itself very effective.
On the upside, and detail apart it does present a clear picture of events/developments and is a definite gain for my bookshelf.
Delivery service was excellent.
It puts the events of the 1990's into context.A valuable insight to those like me who have a particular interest in understanding the current animosity prevalent in the former Yugoslavia
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looks dauntingly long when it arrives, but overall very well written and a gripping story.Published 5 months ago by Storini
Well written, comprehensive account of the history of the Balkans. A fantastic accompaniment to our holiday touring through the region. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Indispensable reading for this region. In the light of recent border closures (10/03/2016) this book can provide real insights as to why they can happen - not something that you... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kovarchev
I got kicked in the Balkans once and ironically I was in pain for about the same length of time. Might even write a book about it.Published 18 months ago by Radgie Gadgie