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The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism
512 pages, paperback, Palgrave Macmillan
The tragedies of Bosnia and Kosovo are often explained away as the unchangeable legacy of "centuries-old hatreds." In this richly detailed, expertly balanced chronicle of the Balkans across fifteen centuries, Dennis Hupchick sets a complicated record straight. Organized around the three great civilizations of the region--Western European, Orthodox Christian, and Muslim--this is a much-needed guide to the political, social, cultural, and religious threads of Balkan history--with a clear, convincing account of the reasons for nationalist violence and terror.
Dennis P. Hupchick teaches history at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, where he also directs the East European and Russian Studies Program. He is co-author of The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans and The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, among many other books.
"...a comprehensive introductory survey of the history of the Balkans in its entirety." -- Library Journal
He offers an introduction to an area whose history is little known to a general public...-Choice
Table of Contents
Introduction: Land, People, and Culture
Part I: Era of Byzantine Hegemony, 600-1355
East Romans, Slavs, and Bulgars
The First Bulgarian Empire
Further Readings: Part One
Part II: Era of Ottoman Domination, 1355-1804
The "Ottoman System"
The Balkan Peoples Under the Ottomans
Further Readings: Part Two
Part III: Era of Romantic Nationalism, 1804-1878
The Rise of Romantic Nationalism
Revolutions and Resurrected States
Ottoman "Reform" Efforts
The "Eastern Question"
Further Readings: Part Three
Part IV: Era of Nation-State Nationalism, 1878-1944
World War I and Versailles
The Interwar Years and World War II
Further Readings: Part Four
Part V: Era of Socialist Domination, 1945-1991
The Greek Exception
Splits in Socialism
Communist Decline and Collapse
Further Readings: Part V