Misha Glenny (Goodreads Author). · Rating details · 1, ratings · 88 reviews. This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early. Neal Ascherson relishes Misha Glenny’s impressive study, The Balkans , which lays the blame for the perpetual strife in that region. Misha Glenny and Mark Mazower take very different approaches to the modern history of the Balkans.

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I can’t say I enjoyed much of it except the last couple of chapters WW2 onwardsbut gave it three stars because it is obviously very well researched and the author is very familiar. Read it, but find other sources as well.

The Balkans, 1804-2012 : Nationalism, War and the Great Powers

Only disappointment is that following Tito’s death the book solely talks about Yugoslavia or what’s left of it. The story begins with the collapsing position of the Ottoman Empire in the early s, and it soon becomes apparent that as the Great Powers moved in to fill the void they both infected and encouraged the emerging nations often their artificial creations with the same baleful, jingoistic nationalism which drove much of their own selfish policy.

I could not read more that a page or two at a time. Glenny begins with the Serbian uprisings of glsnny, the ‘slaughter of the knezes [dukes]’. Of course it has all got repeated in the 90s…. Please review your cart. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

Best approached as a chronology of events and not an explanation of them. Buy the eBook Price: Germany was sympathetic to the Yugoslav Kingdom and did not want to get involved in the Balkans, but the coup there precipitated a second front and spoiled German plans against Russia. Glenny also spends a fair amount of time discussing Turkey and the influence they had and then lost on the region.

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No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! It would be nice if the author included more detailed maps that include all the places mentioned i This book was a really informative overview of the Balkan region in recent history, and I felt like it was a pretty complete treatment.

In his conclusion he complains that the Balkans are only reported to the outside world in times of terror and trouble and otherwise ignored, but he himself hardly sets a glenn example here.

The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers by Misha Glenny

Overall a great and entertaining read. Again and again, small Balkan nations were used as the proxies of bigger nations and then abandoned to the consequences. In doing so, and in avoiding the Fiskian urge to goenny out pages, there are many frustrating lapses in coverage: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I learned a bit more about Balkan history than I knew before, especially the history of Serbia and Bulgaria. Finally, this book is worth bakkans if you’re interested in the topic, but I would advise having some prior knowledge first, perhaps by reading Mazower’s Short History I haven’t read it, but it looks good https: In between, Misha tells an amazing tale of the decay of the Ottoman empire, the rise of peasant socities and forming of Balkan kingdoms, with none of the industrial and social revolutions that took place to the north and west, the rise of Germany – balkasn its rivalry with Britain, leading to two world wars, the use of Balkans as the seed for conflict, in both cases, the post-ww2 Balkans and the continued oppression balkxns the peasant class, and the turbulent end of the 20th century with the Yugoslav boogaloo.


The Balkans

Glenny also explores the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Jul 10, Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands. This book was quite instrumental in covering this gap.

War in the Balkans. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Feb 19, Katia N rated it really liked it. Slovenia and Croatia are now EU members, and the memory of the Yugoslav wars fades in the light of the wars balkas on by terrorism and the international response.

Rather than blame the peoples of the Balkans for some occult primitivism, he p Much of what I read is to better understand friends. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

It takes so many thing into account including the great power relationships, individual country cultures and histories and the interaction musha the t This book is a bit dense and if you are not really interested in the history of this region than you might get lost in the endless littany of names and places and battles and coups.

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