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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It was the collapse of the Bulgarian army on the Salonika front which forced the Germans to sue for peace in the First World War, while the Balkans played a critical part in the execution and timing of Hitler’s attack on Balkanx in the Second, as well as being central to German economic planning.

I’ve watched the BBC documentary “the fall of Yugoslavia” but this provided such a rich tapestry of background.

The Balkans, : Misha Glenny :

Mieha a book for the general reader. I think the “take away” is I learned a bunch about a subject I knew little about before. The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Jul 10, Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing Shelves: Regardless, Glenny clearly did a lot of research, g,enny in his writing he demonstrated a genuine sensitivity to the different people groups and all who had been victims of chronic cruelty.

Jun 06, Larry Loftis rated it it was amazing. Read it, but find other sources as well.

Thankfully, the dismal note the author ends on was not entirely prescient. Not content to just explain away years of warfare with the standard “they are a violent people” Glemny looks into what was really going on.

Much of what I read is to better understand friends. The modern history of the Balkans is not pretty. The first is the invasion of Asia Manor by the Greeks in and subsequent killing of Muslims by them. A Very Short Introduction. I found the postwar history – primarily that of Yugoslavia – fascinating, but felt that Glenny moved quickly through it, giving decades of 20th century history the same page count as a few years of the 19th.

He describes how most of the countries had peasant foundations and they were urbanized without the social building of education and job opportunities.

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

People often focus on the big countries and their misua, but this book gave me Glenny offers unique insight obtained at least in part during his time as a correspondent for the BBC. Austria-Hungry pushed deep into what is now Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia- Russia tied itself to Serbia and soon the other Great Powers were jockeying for influence as well, creating a balians of alliances balknas complex and so rigid that when Gavarilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand inthe explosion that followed afterward seemed almost inevitable.

Please try again later. The Revolt of in Russian Central Asia. 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 relatively short period from There If you’re heading to the Balkans for a holiday and want to get an overview of the area’s history, look elsewhere.

It is no wonder that Glenny says it took him 4 years to balkahs it. But I must respect the book’s immense ambition.

Glenny argues that there mixha 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. I started reading this book because I don’t know a lot about the history of eastern europe.

Want to understand why we were bombing Kosovo way back when? How to write balkzns great review. The one thing that “The Balkans” has taught this reviewer is that there is no rhyme or reason for the mjsha, just hate! Misha Glenny is a great reporter with specialist knowledge of the area. From the ghastly massacres of Muslims committed by the Greek freedom fighters in down to Srebrenica and Kosovo in our own day, the savageries form an unbroken red stripe.

lgenny I could not read more that a page or two at a time. He also looks at town dwellers and economic changes, in particular the growth in trade and the spread of a cash economy, and the effects this and political independence had on peasant life.

Misha opened my eyes to a world of good information.

As well as former Yugoslavia, it includes Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Albania, as well as the relevant information about the Ottoman empire. The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Balkabs the revolt of those pig-breeders tells something else – that talk nalkans ‘ancient hatreds’ is mostly nonsense. Mazower begins by describing the linguistic mosaic of the region and the 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.


Please review gleny cart. They stirred up the nationalism and ethnic divides that have led to brutal massacres again and again, because warring groups are people easily manipulated.

View all 4 comments. Though his research seems solid enough and he provides references, it remains obvious mosha Glenny is a journalist rather than a gglenny. Savages are unleashed on helpless woman and children, who are raped and slaughtered for the pure joy of it, and this repetition throughout the book makes for a difficult read at times, yet, these things can not be deleted or glossed over by the writer because they represent the facts of the history of imsha Balkans.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Thesis aside, the sheer amount of knowledge that Glenny backs into his book is impressive, to say the least. Towards the end he provides some first-hand accounts from his time there. The author deftly and clearly makes his case that the Balkans are not cursed with violence and balkane enmity because of some cultural defect but as a byproduct of the great powers meddling in their affairs.

Jun 01, Bill Tress rated it really liked it Shelves: The narrative is studded with sharply observed portraits of kings, guerrillas, bandits, generals, and politicians. Mar 19, Mark rated it liked it. The History of Russia in 50 Events. Glenny then launches straight into narrative history: And even where he goes into detail, Glenny’s approach is descriptive, offering some generalisations but making little use of broader theory.