Balkans into Southeastern Europe
A Century of War and Transition
By (author) John R. Lampe
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Balkans into Southeastern Europe by John R. Lampe
Book DescriptionEthnic conflict, disputed borders, forced migration and foreign intervention scarred the countries from Romania south to Greece during the decades surrounding the two world wars. The bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia, and the region's wider struggles with a post-Communist transition, suggest continuing Balkan burdens for the peoples and states of a region which has traditionally been seen as separate from Europe. Yet the advance of Bulgaria and Romania to join Slovenia and Greece as members of the European Union, with prospects now pending for Croatia and the rest of the region, is the latest and most positive in a series of larger connections to the Continent. John R. Lampe traces the history of Southeastern Europe across the twentieth century, from the explosive mixture of Balkan states and imperial borderlands before the First World War, through the trials that their successors faced during two world wars, the Cold War, and finally the wars of Yugoslavia's dissolution. His fresh look at the full twentieth century connects these wartime decades to the postwar transitions that followed, finding their main features, for good or ill, distinctly European. Lampe argues that not only the destructive ethnic nationalism and authoritarian regimes of the 1990s, but also the more recent rise of political pluralism and liberal market reforms, have their roots in European ideologies and institutions. Readable and authoritative, this is an essential introduction to the recent history of a troubled region.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333793466
(222mm x 143mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John R. Lampe
Balkans into Southeastern Europe, Paperback (December 2005)
The bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the region's wider struggles with a post-Communist transition suggest continuing Balkan burdens for the peoples and states of Southeastern Europe. The author disputes this Balkan background. He traces the region's traumatic twentieth century through wars and postwar transitions.
Yugoslavia as History, Paperback (March 2000)» View all books by John R. Lampe
An authoritative history of Yugoslavia, published in 2000, with a new chapter on the ethnic wars in Croatia and Bosnia, and Kosovo.
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Author Biography - John R. Lampe
JOHN R. LAMPE is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
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