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The Balkans Since 1453 by L. S. Stavrianos
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The Balkans Since 1453

by L. S. Stavrianos

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With a new introduction by TRAIAN STOIANOVICH A monumental work of scholarship, The Balkans Since 1453 stands as one of the great accomplishments of European historiography. Long out of print, Stavrianos' opus both synthesizes the existing literature of Balkan studies since World War I and demonstrates the centrality of the Balkans to both European and world history, a centrality painfully apparent in recent years. At last, the cornerstone book for every student of Balkan history, culture and politics is now available once again.… (more)

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This book is a bit of a doorstop, but that makes it detailed enough to be a good alternative to histories of individual countries. It is clearly written and well organised and the recapitulation of key bits of information mean that it would be possible to read chapters in isolation or skip to the period in which you are most interested. The book proceeds at a fairly slow pace, but in my opinion that makes it an unusually easy read for something so academic. I found it easier going than Glenny's "The Balkans" for instance, though the latter has the virtue of being extremely up to date. ( )
  AReilly | Oct 16, 2013 |
I have the 1963 Hardcover edition
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Well-written, comprehensive historical coverage of the Balkans, from the time of their conquest by the Ottomans, until the 1950's. It is a slow read -- very detailed, and written in that unique style of historians that makes it more suitable for "skinning" than for dedicated end-to-end reading. However it's worth digging into if you are interested in the subject. ( )
  ferthalangur | Jun 23, 2008 |
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