Balkan Ghosts

Balkan Ghosts

A Journey Through History

Book - 1993-
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A history of the Balkan Peninsula explores the region's political, social, religious, and economic past in order to understand the nature of the recently rekindled, centuries-old blood feuds. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

From the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century, the place where terrorism and genocide first became tools of policy. Chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, and greeted with critical acclaim as "the most insightful and timely work on the Balkans to date" (The Boston Globe), Kaplan's prescient, enthralling, and often chilling political travelogue is already a modern classic.

This new edition of the Balkan Ghosts includes six opinion pieces written by Robert Kaplan about the Balkans between 1996 and 2000 beginning just after the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and ending after the conclusion of the Kosovo war, with the removal of Slobodan Milosevic from power.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993-
ISBN: 9780312424930
Branch Call Number: 914.9604 KAPLA
Characteristics: xxvii, 307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Notes: Library has: Recent editions


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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 20, 2014

Kaplan, a veteran reporter and travel writer, takes us on an eloquent journey into the heart of “history’s cauldron”. Travelling from Vienna to Istanbul in the late 1980’s, Kaplan sets the stage for the war that would erupt in 1999. He takes us into the hearts and minds of people immersed in hatred and racism, obsessed with ancient blood feuds, yet struggling to free themselves of their bloody history. An odyssey not soon to be forgotten.

Apr 08, 2013

Once again, I am backtracking a newly discovered author's works. Came into Kaplan's geopolitical analyses with "Monsoon", and have been reading his earlier works.
Kaplan was warning about the Balkans before the 'fall' of communism. Once the boot was off the collective neck, old grudges were repaid (several hundred years, in some cases),with an all bets are off return to nationalism , ethnic suppression, with a general overlay of anti-Semitism. But I read on, fascinated.
A lot of hate, on a state and personal level in this book. There are wonderful characters Kaplan meets, either through his travels, and the books he reads while travelling. He gets around by bus, train, and thumb. That is one of the appeals of his writing to me: journalist at heart, Kaplan has been on the ground in areas previously ignored by the West. He stays at sometimes ratty hotels, but gets the story.


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