Having read this book I find it hard to agree with the title. While it is a great (perhaps too brief) look at the circumstances that may have resulted in the atrocities of the Yugoslav wars, it paints only a very broad and selective picture of what the Balkans might mean. Without giving too much of a historical background, the book points out the stereotypes regarding the savage nature of the region's inhabitants and clearly tries to confirm them and explain them partially by its distance from the centre of Europe. The subject is treated quite superficially and lack of explanation of various processes is apparent. If you want to know what happened and when look elsewhere. This book will give you a nice read, but it will satisfy only if you prefer opinions and general theories and want to avoid reading about the hard facts and details they are built on.
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