The Balkans

The Balkans

A Short History

Book - 2000
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"Much has been made of the Balkans' deeply rooted enmities. The recent destruction of the former Yugoslavia was widely ascribed to millennial hatreds frozen by the Cold War and unleashed with the fall of communism. Mark Mazower argues that such a view is a dangerously unbalanced fantasy. A reassessment, The Balkans rescues the region's history from the various ideological camps that have held it hostage for their own ends, not least the need to justify nonintervention. The heart of the book deals with events from the emergence of the nation-state onward. Mazower demonstrates that of all the gifts bequeathed to the region by modernity, the most dubious has been the ideological weapon of romantic nationalism that has been used again and again by the power hungry as an acid to dissolve the bonds of centuries of peaceful coexistence. The Balkans is a depiction of a vitally important region, its history and its prospects."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2000
ISBN: 9780679640875
0679640878
Characteristics: xliii, 188 p. : maps ; 20 cm

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Jul 15, 2015

Of several Balkans books I've read over many years, this is far and away the most sensible one I've read. Very good explanations of many things.

I started reading about the Balkans when our troops went there a few years ago, since I basically knew nothing about the area. Now I know a lot more.

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