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by Mark Mazower

  • ISBN: 1842125443
  • Category: Europe
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Mark Mazower
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Pub Co (June 2002)
  • Pages: 176
  • ePub book: 1684 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1463 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 743

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Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of endless military, cultural, and economic mixing and . I though the problem is that the topic is too large for one book until I found Mark Mazower's The Balkans: A Concise History.

Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of endless military, cultural, and economic mixing and clashing between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy. In this highly acclaimed short history, Mark Mazower sheds light on what has been called the tinderbox of Europe, whose troubles have ignited wider wars for hundreds of years. In less than 250 pages Mazower covers not just the basics but the major issues as well. He also manages to upend a few long-held but factually unsupported beliefs.

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Mark Mazower packs centuries of Balkan history into this slim but illuminating volume; it's so concentrated it felt rather like one of those high-protein energy bars with 2,000 calories and two inches of munching.

Mark Mazower (/məˈzaʊ. r/; born 20 February 1958) is a British historian. His expertise are Greece, the Balkans and, more generally, 20th-century Europe. He is currently Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University in New York City

Mark Mazower (/məˈzaʊ. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University in New York City. Mazower was born in Golder's Green and spent most of his early life in north London. During his youth, Mazower enjoyed playing the French horn and composing classical music.

Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of endless military, cultural, and economic mixing .

There rainfall is abundant, arable land is plentiful and numerous navigable rivers connect the interior with the sea. To the south, it is a different story: good farming land becomes scarcer, the ground is more broken and rainfall less frequent.

Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of. .The heart of the book deals with events from the emergence of the nation-state onward.

Throughout history, the Balkans have been a crossroads, a zone of endless military, cultural and economic mixing and clashing between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

A dazzling short history of the Balkans from the Romans to the present, which provides vital historical and cultural background to contemporary Balkan politics

A dazzling short history of the Balkans from the Romans to the present, which provides vital historical and cultural background to contemporary Balkan politics. At the end of the twentieth century people spoke as if the Balkans had plagued Europe for ever. But two hundred years earlier, the Balkans did not exist. It was not the Balkans but the 'Rumeli' that the Ottomans ruled, the formerly Roman lands they had conquered from Byzantium, together with their Christian inhabitants.

At the end of the twentieth century people spoke as if the Balkans had plagued Europe for ever. But two hundred years earlier, the Balkans did not exist. It was not the Balkans but the 'Rumeli' that the Ottomans ruled, the formerly Roman lands they had conquered from Byzantium, together with their Christian inhabitants. In

Comments

Arryar Arryar
If you want to read a unbiased look into the Balkans' history, this book is for you. While concise, I thought that it was very well written and does a good job of summarizing the history of the region including Ottoman rule and how life was under such.

Highly recommend for those who want to learn more about the region
Gadar Gadar
For someone who's quite interested in the Balkans, I've started but failed to finish a distressing number of books on the topic. I though the problem is that the topic is too large for one book until I found Mark Mazower's The Balkans: A Concise History. In less than 250 pages Mazower covers not just the basics but the major issues as well. He also manages to upend a few long-held but factually unsupported beliefs.

The outline is simple, first cover the land and the people, then life under the Ottoman Empire, then the struggles for "independence" (definitely a relative term in this instance) and finally the events of the 20th century. By the end I understood just how empty the concept of nationalism truly was in the Balkans in the 19th century, the roles of the Greek Orthodox Churches, the Austrian Empire and Russia, and the allure that fascism held for these newly emergent nations in the 1930s. That's a lot for 250 pages. That Mazower also manages to take on the myths of the "violent" Balkans and how swell it was to be a non-Muslim in the Ottoman Empire is truly impressive.

Mazower isn't doing narrative history here. His focus is on themes so the events aren't related in a straightforward chronology. I found it easy enough to follow but if you prefer chronology to themes this book might not work for you. For me this one's a winner and I'm definitely going back for more Modern Library Chronicles and more about the Balkans.
NI_Rak NI_Rak
The region known as the Balkans is the proverbial red-headed step-child of Europe. It has been looked upon as backwards, violent, and primitive by many in the Western world for some time. In recent years, the region has earned a reputation of violence, ethnic cleansing, and nationalistic strife. This compact little book set out to discern fact from myth concerning the history and people of the Balkans. It also outlines the crucial role the region has played not only in European, but in world history. One example of this is the region's role in the First World War. Not only was the war started in the Balkans-with the assasination of ArchDuke Ferdinand-it was also virtually ended there also-with the Bulgarian collapse of September 1918.

The author debunks the myth that ethnic and religious differences alone are to blame for the current chaos in the region by pointing out that for hundreds of years, the many religions and ethnic groups of the region lived side by side in relative harmony. The now fragmented Balkans were once part of the Roman and Ottoman empires, and until relatively recent times, enjoyed a semblance of stability. It wasn't until the last century when nationalistic and ethnic ambitions surfaced,(with the encouragement of the Great Powers) that things turned ugly.

In the epilogue, the author (somewhat repetitively) argues against the view of the Balkans as being inherently violent and chaotic. While his point is well-taken, this chapter comes across as more of an exercise in political correctness than anything else. Nevertheless, this is a solid overview of the the Balkans that I would definitely recommend as a starting point.
wanderpool wanderpool
Dense with information but very readable, this book is a very helpful summary of the history of the Balkans from a variety of perspectives. The maps aren't very good, which is typical in your usual black and white paperback, but you can follow them well enough to get the idea. The detail is incredible and rich with names and details. More important to me was the arc of the history and the summaries of the forces behind events. The author writes with a spare but exact tone and infuses wry humor from time to time. Truly a good summary. Though written near the year 2000, I still found it very relevant in 2018 given the long history. This was a good complement to T. Jankowski's Eastern Europe! with its less formal and more matter of fact and fun tone.
Arashitilar Arashitilar
This was a tough reading for such a little book. It is rather a long essay on many aspects of the complex subject, quoted well but left readers with only vaguer impressions. A simple chronology would probably serve better as "a short history".
adventure time adventure time
Mark Mazower provides a concise but accurate description of Balkans. He provides details when important. The book provides a good analysis of the various countries that constitute the Balkans and a good discussion of the ongoing quarrels and wars.
PanshyR PanshyR
What a great overview of this region. The explanation of how geography has effecting this region was extremely helpful. Well written and easy to understand. It's short but a quick way to get started on learning about eastern Europe.
An excellent and detailed evolutionary analysis of what went wrong with this troubled part of the world.