The Balkan Wars by Andre Gerolymatos
Conquest, Revolution and Retribution from the Ottoman Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond

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In this riveting new history of the Balkan peoples, André Gerolymatos explores how ancient events engendered cultural myths that evolved over time, gaining strength in the collective consciousnesses of Orthodox Christians and Muslims alike. In colorful detail, we meet the key figures that instigated and perpetuated these myths--assassin/heroes such as Milos Obolic and Gavrilo Princip and warlords such as Ali Pasha. This lively survey of centuries of strife finally puts the modern conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo into historical context, and provides a long overdue account of the origins of ethnic hatred and warmongering in this turbulent land.
 

About Andre Gerolymatos

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ANDRÉ GEROLYMATOS is a member of the Department of History at Simon Fraser University, a former lecturer at McGill University, and a member of Canada’s Advisory Council on National Security. His previous books include Red Acropolis, Black Terror and The Balkan Wars.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Basic Books. 334 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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A useful historical overview of "a centuries-long theater of the macabre."

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The turning points are few and familiar -- the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, the 1453 fall of Constantinople, the 1821-30 Greek civil war, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination on June 28, 1914 -- but his treatment of them is not.

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