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The Balkans: A Short History by Mark Mazower

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. ( )
1 vote rjacobs17 | Feb 11, 2008 |
a nice and occasionally entertaining intro, perhaps too short ( )
  experimentalis | Jan 3, 2008 |
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At the end of the twentieth century, people spoke as if the Balkans had existed forever.[Introduction: Names]
Mountains come first.
- Fernand Braudel
Our church is holy, but our priests are thieves.
- Byron's servant
The ecclesiastic geography of these degraded regions must of course only be interesting to the mere antiquary, as it can throw no light on its history and little even on its topography.
- John Pinkerton, Modern Geography (1802)
The world's great age begins anew
The golden years return...
Heaven smiles, and faiths and empires gleam
Like wrecks of a dissolving dream.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
If we enquire into the causes of the internal decline of the Turkish Empire, and regard them under their most general manifestation, we must affirm that it is owing to the fact that the empire is opposed to another section of the world immeasurably superior to itself in power. That other section could crush it to atoms in a moment, and while suffering it to exist for reasons of its own, yet by a secret necessity, it exerts upon it an indirect and invisible influence.
- Leopold von Ranke
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Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000 with the title The Balkans
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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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Examines the causes of ethnic conflict in the Balkans, discussing how the meeting of European and Asian cultural influences and the blending of Christian and Muslim populations have created a complex and divisive situation.

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