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Balkans in World History

ISBN-10: 0195338014
ISBN-13: 9780195338010
Edition: 2008
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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

In the historical and literary imagination, the Balkans loom large as a somewhat frightening and ill-defined space, often seen negatively as a region of small and spiteful peoples, racked by racial and ethnic hatred, always ready to burst into violent conflict. The Balkans in World History re-defines this space in positive terms, taking as a starting point the cultural, historical, and social threads that allow us to see this region as a coherent if complex whole. Eminent historian Andrew Wachtel here depicts the Balkans as that borderland geographical space in which four of the world's greatest civilizations have overlapped in a sustained and meaningful way to produce a complex, dynamic, sometimes combustible, multi-layered local civilization. It is the space in which the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, of Byzantium, of Ottoman Turkey, and of Roman Catholic Europe met, clashed and sometimes combined. The history of the Balkans is thus a history of creative borrowing by local people of the various civilizations that have nominally conquered the region. Encompassing Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, and European Turkey, the Balkans have absorbed many voices and traditions, resulting in one of the most complex and interesting regions on earth.

Editors' Preface
Introduction: The Balkans as Borderland and Melting Pot
Beginnings: From Prehistory to the Byzantine Empire
The Medieval Balkans
The Balkans under Ottoman Rule
The Long Nineteenth Century (1775-1922)
The Twentieth Century: From the Balkans to Southeast Europe
Chronology
Notes
Further Reading
Web Sites
Acknowledgments
Index

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