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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Glenny also explores the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention. He says the religious issue isn’t as important as the interventionist one. Description In this celebrated, landmark history of the Balkans, Misha Glenny investigates the roots of the bloodshed, invasions and nationalist mlsha that have come to define our understanding of the south-eastern edge of Europe.

Glenny also focuses almost exclusively on negative features of Balkan history — on the nationalisms, wars, and Great Power interventions of glebny subtitle along with coups, civil wars, assassinations, genocides, and every other kind of violence.

Jul 25, Luke rated it really liked it Shelves: Balkan Legacies of the Great War. I know a lot more about pretty much every country in the region now.

Feb 02, Wendy rated it really liked glenmy Shelves: The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. The Communist leaders of the 50s and 60s were another curious bunch. Rather than blame the peoples of the Balkans for some occult primitivism, he puts the region in a broader perspective, outlining the influence of the stronger powers over balkkans last few centuries, particularly as regards the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Having devoted more than half the volume to background, Mazower turns in chapter three to an account of “the unpredictable process of Ottoman decline and national insurgence”, the international management of which was “the Eastern Question”. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Also by Misha Glenny.

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He has a novelist’s eye for set piece, for human character and for the snuff-movie grotesque of events such as the bombing of Sofia Cathedral, the murder of Serbia’s king and queen by Colonel Apis and the Black Hand, or the capture of the port of Fiume by the swaggering proto-fascist poet d’Annunzio.


That being said, if you are really interested in Balkans history and how this region was shaped from inside and out over the past years, then this book is great.

The Balkans were not the powder keg, as is so often believed: Regardless, Glenny clearly did a lot of research, and in his writing he demonstrated a genuine sensitivity to the blkans people groups and all who had been victims of chronic cruelty. It’s kind of a long, hard slog, but it’s oh so worth it- you want to get your knowledge on about the Balkans?

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A conclusion would have also lent a lot to the audience in wrapping everything up into a big-picture perspective. I have mixed thouhts. And he exposes the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, raising profound questions about recent Western intervention.

For years, the Great Powers have shown the Balkans only miscalculation and indifference. A six-page introduction takes Mmisha as a starting point. In centuries of Balkan tribalism exploded into the Kososvo war which sucked in many nations in an attempt to prevent things escalating and,subsequently, demonstrated how inhumane we can be if the opposition is seen as sub-human.

Misha Glenny and Mark Mazower take gllenny different approaches to the modern history of the Balkans. As he progresses through the conflicts of each country, the narrative does skip around at times and this can be confusing.

And my edition of this book ends in This book was quite instrumental in covering this gap. It will probably take another years across the entire region – hopefully through the participation in a wider EU supra-body to develop the national state identity as in the West.

The saga of the Balkans is covered in pages and covers a period from to And Glenny completely glosses over the events of in Bulgaria, Albania and Romania at the expense of the rapidly disintegrating Yugoslavia. The biggest loser in many ways — apart from the Ottoman Empire — was Austria-Hungary, which now faced a successful and expansionist Serbia. Nevertheless, rhetoric about ‘eternal enemies’ was the small change of propaganda all through mishs period.

In doing so, and in avoiding the Fiskian urge to crank out pages, there are many frustrating lapses in coverage: I could not read more that a page or two at a time. Open Preview See a Problem?

Has the Nato intervention in Kosovo and Serbia opened a new and better chapter? I was not very familiar with the history of Bulgaria and Romania.


The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers 1804-1999

One thing that did make an impression on me was the realization that Greek history, and indeed the history of most of the Balkan nations, was shaped by the fact that Greece in fact lost the War of Independence, gaining it’s autonomy only because of the intervention of the Great Powers and specifically UK and Russia. 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?

This makes it very easy to cause a conflagration at the whim of whoever has seized power for the moment. This is one of those subjects that has long fascinated me but I’ve never actually had the time to sit down and find out much about it. The tone is flat for long stretches. There were a lot of names, events, and places that I wasn’t familiar with, and that made it hard to follow.

At some distance from peasant beliefs were debates over religious doctrines and Enlightenment ideas, largely the province of a Greek-speaking intellectual elite. A broad, detailed overview of years of Balkan history, this is an excellent examination of the [very rational] interests, identities, and competing ideas that have animated conflict and cooperation alike in the region.

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

The Christian peasants, allied with the Muslim Ottoman landlords, rose against the misrule of the Janissaries. Only, says Glenny, if Europe and the West now embark on a determined programme to haul these nations out of poverty and social backwardness. Sometimes there are repetitio Misha Glenny has undertaken a monumental task, to provide a readable, one volume history of what amounts to 13 countries over the glenng short period from He explains why the first Yugoslavia failed and why the second one was destined to fail.

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