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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It takes so many thing into account including the great power relationships, balkns country cultures and histories and the interaction between the two. For this reason, and much to the irritation of the Serbian command, it was the Serbs who had to push on to confront the Ottoman miisha at its last stand near Bitola.

History of Russia in Minutes. He provides some helpful maps in the beginning of the book, and balknas glossary of mostly Turkish and Muslim terms in the back. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Sometimes there are repetitions, but it goes to show that everyone was interfering or somehow involved with everyone else.

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?

A glossary of major players would have increased my comprehension of all that went on. All that he writes about Salonika, especially about the influence, life and ultimate death of its Jews, is intense and tender.

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Yes, there were a lot of moments where I was tempted to skip past the story of some despot’s rise and then unceremonious fall, but I st Whew. Not a book for the general reader. Reading this book is not a way to grow fonder of the human race. You baokans remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. That’s Glenny’s thesis from page 1 and the next six hundred pages or so present more than enough evidence to back that up and then some.


Albanians in Kosovo are fighting for equality.

At times the book felt disorganized because he would jump from one country to another. In essence, the southeast part of Europe has been the source of serious national and ethnic strife for the past years.

Preview — The Balkans by Misha Glenny. All i know now is, things are way more complex than I first thought. Books by Misha Glenny.

For years, the Great Powers have shown the Balkans only miscalculation and indifference. Feb 19, Katia N rated it really liked it. This book is a primary source blakans any one researching the Balkan wars.

The Balkans ; The Balkans (Misha Glenny, Mark Mazower)

Updated to cover the last decade’s brutal conflicts in Kosovo and Macedonia, the surge of organised crime in the region, the rise of Turkey and the rocky road to EU membership, The Balkans remains the essential and peerless study of Europe’s most complex and least understood region.

Glenny is a journalist. He also didn’t give sufficient mention on how th West sold them out to th communists.

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. It is stunning how much information is in this book.

Inside the Balkan nightmare

Chapter two surveys the social and political background to Balkan nationalisms. As the Ottoman Empire was being dismantled at the end of the 19th century the Austro-Hungarians, the Germans, the Balkanns and the British tried to reorganize the region into countries that would suit their economic purposes, completely disregarding any natural nation building that would have happened.


This was an enormously ambitious book to undertake, but it is the book which Europe and America need. I did think Macedonia and Slovenia got short shrift- especially in his description of the events leading up to the disintegration mieha Yugoslavia.

The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Glenny does touch on social and economic history, but usually only where it is relevant to understanding the politics. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo bzlkans and balkanss The biggest loser in many ways — apart from the Ottoman Empire — was Austria-Hungary, which now faced a successful and expansionist Serbia. 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.

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Lists with This Book. The other point to be made about this horrifying record of deliberate, often well-savoured torture and slaughter is that ‘all Balkan massacres this century have enjoyed the specific approval of state organs, whose agents have usually been the instigators as well’. Inspired by Your Browsing History. What would be extremely useful for future editions is a character list. Misha Glenny has undertaken a monumental task, to provide a readable, one volume history of what amounts to 13 countries over the relatively short period from