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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Only, says Glenny, if Europe and the West now embark on a determined programme to haul these nations out of poverty and social backwardness.

The Balkans

Read it Forward Read it first. Keeps you anchored in spite of the tsunami of info. While lacking in thorough scholarly detail, the clarity of the analysis does not suffer and the reader is still rewarded with a complete and balanced picture. The main purpose of the book is to answer the question: Glenny does not infantilize the populations of the Balkans.

A conclusion would have also lent a lot to the audience in wrapping everything up into a big-picture perspective. And the revolt of those pig-breeders tells something else – that talk about ‘ancient hatreds’ is mostly nonsense.

Forgotten Heritage of Tatars. Here, you can be incarcerated in the morning and then find yourself whisked behind the President’s desk by evening. Yes, there were a lot of moments where I was tempted to skip past the story of some despot’s rise and then unceremonious fall, but I stuck with it.

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Tito played the West and East admirably but failed to reform the nationalistic question in the 70s – Serbs vs Croats and Serbs vs Albanians. Misha Glenny and Mark Mazower take very different approaches to the modern history of the Balkans. Glenny does not spare the reader the atrocities that happen all over the region throughout the centuries.

I did valkans know, that Bulgaria has managed to save the majority of its Jews from Balkahs, in spite of being in alliance with the Nazi Germany. Mar 05, Mia rated it really liked it.


An independent Albania was recognised by the Powers, and defended against its hungry neighbours. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I have mixed thouhts. Lists with This Book.

I started reading this book because I don’t know a lot about the history of eastern europe. The end of the period saw the first confessional cleansings, the Russian defeat of balans Ottomans and the resulting treaties of San Stefano and Berlin, which created Bulgaria.

Glenny’s narrative opens in the early 19th Century, which saw the acceleration of the long decline of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence, slowly but surely of national movements all across the region- Serbia being amongst the first to break away, followed quickly by Greece and then Bulgaria- and then the rest.

Or, just possibly, is there almost no connection between our bad dreams and the reality of south-eastern Europe, that region inaccurately named ‘Balkan’ after a mountain range in Bulgaria? The approach is chronological, with Glenny trying “to avoid reading or refracting Balkan history through the prism of bxlkans s”, and covers separate episodes in often largely self-contained sections. In this tortuous, bloodstained story are many truths, as Glenny sees.

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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.

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. Then again, the author is right, and the Balkans are often characterized as an area that is permanently uncivilized.

Feb 06, Cameron Climie rated it really liked it Shelves: Mazower, a historian, offers a short but insightful account of long-term processes and trends, with details used to illustrate those. However, these difficulties aren’t necessarily the author’s fault. It is about 2 centuries of so called nation building, myths and misconceptions, realpolitiks and enormous bloodbath it has created.


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 It would be nice if the author included more detailed maps that include all the places mentioned i This book was a really informative overview of the Balkan region in recent history, and I felt like it was a pretty complete treatment.

The first is the blood. Not only does this give the work a fresh, almost journalistic, feel; the author’s talent also ensures the narrative never sinks into tedium. Yes, there were a lot of moments where I was tempted to skip past the story of some despot’s rise and then unceremonious fall, but I st Whew.

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

The story begins with the collapsing position of the Ottoman Empire in the early s, and it soon becomes apparent that as the Great Powers moved in to fill the void they both infected and encouraged the emerging nations often their artificial creations with the same baleful, jingoistic nationalism which drove much of their own selfish policy. For years, the Great Powers have shown the Balkans only miscalculation and indifference.

Updated to glennny the last decade’s brutal conflicts in Kosovo and Macedonia, the surge of organised crime in the region, the rise of Turkey and the rocky road to EU membership, The Balkans remains the essential and peerless study of Europe’s most complex and least understood region. I’ve learned that Glenny has a second edition of this book out, covering events balkzns to – I’m reasonably sure that this might well deserve a full five stars! This is based on the first pages of “The Balkans”.