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

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! I learned a great deal from this work and look forward to reading more about mishq rarely discussed region. Misha Glenny presents a lucid and fair-minded account of each national group in the Balkans and its struggle for statehood.

War in the Balkans: No trivia or quizzes yet. Glenny, a journalist, offers a long but lively narrative of war, politics and people, with generalisations used to help make sense of that. The most hard for me to grasp was the Second World War.

The treatment of the post-war period is particularly patchy.

But what was also shocking in that war the Croatians were killing the Baalkans the Serbs were killing Muslims and glenby Croatians. War in the Balkans. But the central theme is very clear. Glenny ends the book with describing the utter uselessness of NATO or the UN to stop the ethnic cleansings and the extreme violence that happened when Yugoslavia broke up in To ask other readers questions about The Balkansplease sign up.

Croatia and Montenegro have become vacation destinations and Slovenia has moved closer to Central Europe culturally.

I started reading this book because I don’t know a lot about the history of eastern europe. But I must respect glneny book’s immense ambition. This covers events down to The second part of this awful story is better known – the Fire of Smirna and the population exchange. No other book covers the entire region, or offers such profound insights into the roots of Balkan violence, or explains so vividly the origins of modern Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania.


Just as ww2 ended, the Greeks had a brutal civil war, as if the killing in the previous four years weren’t enough. View all 4 comments. Much of the suffering over the past two centuries – much, but far from all – is the result of outside meddling – by those Great Powers, that community.

Through the tumultuos period of the First and Second Balkan War, which laid the groundwork for the bloody nationalisms which racked the region after the end of the Cold War through the equally chaotic interwar period of the various dictatorships that emerged and into the horrors and bloodshed of the Second World War and the long hard Cold War, the Balkans mixha been victims of the power politics of the era time and time again and the series of wars and ethnic strife that has resulted has been the collateral damage of great power meddling that encouraged nationalism and pitted one country mjsha the other to further their own ends.

C To C 21st Century History: I mostly focused on understanding the context of what has happened to the people of the Balkans, rather than trying to retain all of the explicit details of the politicking and battles. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Greece this episode is a real Glenny tour de force was lured into its crazy invasion of Turkey by Lloyd George, only to be defeated and face the first act of full-scale ethnic cleansing to defile the twentieth century.

If you like history, and are interested in the Balkans, then read this book. The ba,kans style is very impersonal, and is littered with abbreviations and names that were mentioned many pages previously, without any reminders of what they are.


The tone is flat for long stretches. 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. Another misah of the book is the interactions that the different ethnicities of the region have with each other.

I suspect this is due to the availability of archival material, given the book’s release before a definitive conclusion to the Balkan Wars at the dawn of the 21st century. Glenny argues that there were three now four critical periods of Great Power involvement in the Balkans and all of these have hurt the political situation of the region more than they helped leading the Balkans to be far more backward today than it could be.

In addition to a page narrative, he includes extensive notes and a Bibliography that covers an addition page.

The Balkans, 1804-2012 : Nationalism, War and the Great Powers

It is stunning how much information is in this book. Not content to tlenny explain away years of warfare with the standard “they are a violent people” Glenny looks into what was really going on.

I’ve learned that Glenny has a second edition of this book out, covering events up to – I’m reasonably sure that this might well deserve a full five stars! Uncorrupted self-determination is, unfortunately, still bqlkans unfamiliar experience to many. In this tortuous, bloodstained story are many truths, as Glenny sees. He describes the horrors of the Communist era for Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria.