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The Balkans: A Short History by Mark Mazower
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The Balkans: A Short History (2000)

by Mark Mazower

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difficult to listen to. so much info. but i learned a lot. the turks were quite good masters if you did what you were told. no forced conversions regular but fairish taxes. ( )
  mahallett | Jan 3, 2011 |
Only a quick glance of a tumultuous region and history but understandble given its short length. ( )
  ORFisHome | Jul 13, 2009 |
The Balkans is a quick read and a very good introduction to the subject. It's well written, very informative, and interesting. The downside is that it's sometimes shallow in its coverage of important 20th century events. Having read it, I know a lot about 19th century independence movements, but little about the break-up of Yugoslavia. ( )
  itzar | Feb 15, 2009 |
Avoid. I think the Modern Library should be embarassed to have published this book. This is not a history, it is a thesis, and a barely defended one at that. Mazower believes that if the larger nations had not intervened in the Balken peninsula, the peasants would have continued their isolated, happy lives in peace. This is preposterous. I gave it one and a half stars for the useful historical maps in the front. The last chapter on violence is an undefendable essay on moral equivalence. What an unfortunate experience. ( )
  rjacobs17 | Feb 11, 2008 |
a nice and occasionally entertaining intro, perhaps too short ( )
  experimentalis | Jan 3, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 081296621X, Paperback)

Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of endless military, cultural, and economic mixing and clashing between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy. In this highly acclaimed short history, Mark Mazower sheds light on what has been called the tinderbox of Europe, whose troubles have ignited wider wars for hundreds of years. Focusing on events from the emergence of the nation-state onward, The Balkans reveals with piercing clarity the historical roots of current conflicts and gives a landmark reassessment of the region’s history, from the world wars and the Cold War to the collapse of communism, the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and the continuing search for stability in southeastern Europe.

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Mark Mazower uncovers the history of the Balkans with detail and clarity. He explores the reasons for current conflicts and examines the Balkans as the religious, cultural, and economic melting pot for Europe and Asia.

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