The Balkans: A Short History

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Modern Library, 2002 - History - 190 pages
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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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difficult to listen to. so much info. but i learned a lot. the turks were quite good masters if you did what you were told. no forced conversions regular but fairish taxes. Read full review

THE BALKANS: A Short History

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A skillful navigation of the stormy seas of Balkan history.In this brief but significant account, Mazower (Dark Continent, 1998) dispels a number of common misconceptions about one of the most ... Read full review


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Mark Mazower is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, London, and a former professor of history at Princeton University. He is the author of several books, most recently Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century.

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