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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There also wasn’t always a clear flow of logic in the sub-sections in each chapters.

This is a region where bald-faced corruption is the least one can expect in politics. But I must respect the book’s immense ambition. That said, balkajs into this region with relatively little knowledge, I was able to follow along and understand. Hopefully the leaders of the global community can invest in peace and equitable development now while they have the chance, and right the wrongs committed by their predecessor states.

Feb 19, Katia N rated it really liked it.

ballkans Reading this book is not a way to grow fonder of the human race. It is a colossal work with few comparables in modern political historical writing.

Published September 1st by Penguin first published Glenny, who lived for some years in Salonika while writing this book, has a special feeling for ancient, multi-cultural maritime cities. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. It is slow in parts. Happily, Misha Glenny paints as close to an all-encompassing picture as one could hope for in his voluminous history of The Balkans, which covers the period from to Regardless, Glenny clearly did a lot of research, and in his writing he demonstrated a genuine sensitivity to the different people groups and all who had been victims of chronic cruelty.


Excellent overview of Balkan history in the last years or so.

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

So i found it a bit less revelatory, but still useful for the outline of the events there. Not a book for the general reader. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Sep 05, Graham rated it really liked it Shelves: In his conclusion he complains that the Balkans are only reported to the outside world in times of terror and trouble and otherwise ignored, mixha he himself midha sets a good example here.

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Grand scope, covering most relevant events and characters at proportionate length, though some seem to come out of the blue, making it uneasy to follow. However, I critique him on one point.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But the central theme is very clear.

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

Glenny also spends a fair amount of time discussing Turkey and the influence they had and then lost on the region. Mixha site of imperialism no less harsh for being inside Europe, The first half of the book roughly the 19th century section feels more disparate and less organized than the second the 20th century section but other than that, I enjoyed this brick of a book immensely and learned a great deal.


The period from roughly to the Second World War is treated with a nice amount of detail, l A broad, detailed overview of years of Balkan history, this is an excellent examination of the [very rational] interests, identities, and competing mishs that have animated conflict and mishaa alike in the region.

I started reading this book because I don’t know a lot about the history of eastern europe.

The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers by Misha Glenny

How to write a great review. The violence emanating from this text is so strong that it would effect my mood by the time I had read my pages for the day. Kosovo, A Documentary History. My favorite historian list just got another entry. I both enjoyed and struggled with this book.

The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Mazower begins by describing the linguistic mosaic of the region and bzlkans complexities of its religious beliefs, where local practice tended to be more concerned with pragmatics than with doctrinal questions, often blurring the borders even between Christianity and Islam. Lists with This Book. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

It kisha stunning how much information is in this book.