The Balkans: A Short History
Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of endless military, cultural, and economic mixing and clashing between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy. In this highly acclaimed short history, Mark Mazower sheds light on what has been called the tinderbox of Europe, whose troubles have ignited wider wars for hundreds of years. Focusing on events from the emergence of the nation-state onward, The Balkans reveals with piercing clarity the historical roots of current conflicts and gives a landmark reassessment of the region's history, from the world wars and the Cold War to the collapse of communism, the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and the continuing search for stability in southeastern Europe.
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Review: The Balkans: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles #3)User Review - Ravi Singh - Goodreads
A short, but very good introduction to one of the most complex and least understood areas of the world. A solid first step to further reading. Read full review
Review: The Balkans: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)User Review - Michael Murray - Goodreads
This was snatched from my grubbies... a certain someone needed background for Radio 4 Writing the Century (transmission the week of Armistace in Nov) that is based on the diaries of a War Artist who was involved in Bosnia in 1993. Now it's mine again! He-he-he! (Lost it again!) Read full review