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The Balkans: A Short History Paperback – 6 Aug 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0812966213 ISBN-10: 081296621X Edition: Reprint

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"A gem of a book, packed with illuminating information." --The New York Review of Books

"An invaluable resource for anyone hoping to gain an initial understanding of Balkan history." --The New York Times

"An excellent primer on the region's history." --The Economist

"A highly suggestive analysis of an inexhaustible subject." --Publishers Weekly

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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. Focusing on events from the emergence of the nation-state onward, "The Balkans reveals with piercing clarity the historical roots of current conflicts and gives a landmark reassessment of the region's history, from the world wars and the Cold War to the collapse of communism, the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and the continuing search for stability in southeastern Europe.

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