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.
 

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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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Such resounding defeats and massacres have “shaped at least part of the identity and commonality of each nation, tribe, or group in the Balkans.” One of the most recent was the Serbian loss of Kosovo and Bosnia to UN and NATO forces, making them “de facto satellites of the United States”—and perh...

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