The Balkans, 1804–2012

Nationalism, War and the Great Powers

Misha Glenny

Published: 1 November 2012
Trade Paperback, Royal PB
153x234mm, 800 pages
ISBN: 9781847087713

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Published: 4 January 2018
Trade Paperback, Other
150x220mm, 800 pages
ISBN: 9781783784523

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Glenny investigates the roots of the bloodshed, invasions and nationalist fervour that have come to define our understanding of the south-eastern edge of Europe, and presents sharply observed portraits of its kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Glenny shows that groups we think of as implacable enemies have, over the centuries, formed unlikely alliances, thereby disputing the idea that conflict in the Balkans is the ineluctable product of ancient grudges. He explores the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention.

About the author

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Misha Glenny was born in 1958 and educated at Bristol University and Charles University in Prague. His coverage of the fall of communism in 1989-90 was widely acclaimed and led to the writing of his first book, The Rebirth of History. During the Yugoslavia crisis of the early 1990s he was Central Europe correspondent for the BBC World Service. In 1993 he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. The Fall of Yugoslavia was published in 1992 and became a best-seller. The Balkans was published in 2000 and followed by McMafia, a book on organized crime. Glenny speaks German, Czech and Serbo-Croat and has lived and worked all over the Balkans. More about the author

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