If you ever wondered why Lord Byron died in a remote place called Missolonghi, or exactly what a Young Turk is, or why bullett fired by a Serbian nationalist in the provincial backwater Sarajevo started World War I -- it's all here: from the First Serbian uprising in to the latest Serbian shenanigans in Kosovo earlier this year. Glenny's account of each national group in the Balkans and its struggle for statehood is lucid and fair-minded, and he brings the culture of different nationalisms to life. The narrative is studded with sharply observed set pieces and portraits of kings, guerillas, bandits, generals and politicians. He interweaves a narrative of key events with the story of international affairs -- the relations between states in the Balkans, and between them and the great powers. It is the latter relationship that lies at the heart of this compulsively-readable book. Glenny shows how great-power influence in the region has been catastrophic for the people of the Balkans, and how so-called "ancient hatreds" and "tribal rivalries" have often been intensified by ignorant diplomats in far-away capitals, creating states, allocating populations andredrawing borders -- with deadly results.

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Look Inside. No other book covers the entire region, or offers such profound insights into the roots of Balkan violence, or explains so vividly the origins of modern Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania. This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to recent events in this war-torn area. Misha Glenny presents a lucid and fair-minded account of each national group in the Balkans and its struggle for statehood.

The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Glenny also explores the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention. This is popular history of the Norman Davies school, conceived on a large scale, highly readable, accessible, full of the music of the past.

Its great strengths are evocation, fascinating detail and narrative sweep. A great achievement. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:. Paperback —. About The Balkans This unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to recent events in this war-torn area. Also by Misha Glenny. Product Details.

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Inside the Balkan nightmare

A refreshed edition of the landmark history of the Balkans. His coverage of the fall of communism in was widely acclaimed. In he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. His books include DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You and the highly praised McMafia , 'one of the essential non-fiction works of our time', which has been adapted as a major BBC 1 drama for Download cover.


The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804 - 1999

I f the Balkans are a bad dream, then we are the dreamer. Our title changes down the years - the Great Powers, the West, the international community, but the nightmare recurs. Is this because the Balkans really are an ancestral sulphur-pit welling up an endless flow of hatred, chaos and sadistic cruelty? Or is it because we somehow need to keep having this dream, to gloat over this frightful 'otherness' which reassures us as we wake that we will never be like that? Or, just possibly, is there almost no connection between our bad dreams and the reality of south-eastern Europe, that region inaccurately named 'Balkan' after a mountain range in Bulgaria? Misha Glenny, the wisest and most reflective of all the Western journalists who have covered this part of Europe in the past two decades, does see a connection.


The Balkans, 1804-2012

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