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Palgrave Macmillan

Balkans into Southeastern Europe, 1914-2014

A Century of War and Transition

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9781137019073
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The states and peoples of Southeastern Europe have been divided by wars over the twentieth century, but they have since worked to re-establish themselves into the European mainstream. This timely new edition has been revised, updated and expanded in the light of the latest scholarship and recent events. John R. Lampe now offers a comprehensive assessment of the full century from the Sarajevo assassination in 1914 through to EU membership and developments up to the present day.

John R. Lampe is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C., USA.

List of Maps and Tables
Introduction: Decades of War, Decades of Transition
1. Balkan States and Imperial Borderlands before the Balkan Wars
2. Balkan Wars, First World War, Postwar Settlements, 1914-1922
3. Struggling with Liberal and National Transitions in the 1920s
4. Illiberal Directions During the Depression Decade
5. World War, Civil War, and the Communist Advantage
6. Communist and Cold War Transitions, 1945-1963
7. Continuity and Contradictions, 1964-1989
8. New Trials of War and Integration, 1989-2014
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"Rich and highly informative, this multi-layered, comprehensive perspective of a century long history of the Balkans includes many remarkable political, economic and social observations. It fits well as an introduction to the story of the region but also offers new insights for historians." – Othon Anastasakis, Director of the South East European Studies and Director of the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK
Praise for the first edition:
"When the Berlin Wall fell, South-Eastern Europe merged once again with a distinct identity of its own. It is the great achievement of this erudite comparative study - written by a scholar who is at home with the culture of the region as its economy - to explore the shared problems of the region in the years before the Second World War, and to see positive developments emerging from the bloody experience of post-communist transition." - Geoffrey Swain, University of the West of England, UK
"Lampe's book thus provides a reliable comparative synthesis, as well as a strong basis, for future scholarship." - Holly Case, Austrian History Yearbook 39
"Lampe...presents a plausible and coherent argument, rich in detail and supported with well-chosen and well-presented economic data, in support of the view that the Balkans, in their development and ultimate destination - the EU - do not significantly differ from the rest of Europe." - Aleksandar Pavković, SEER, The Slavonic and East European Review
"An excellent survey of twentieth-century Balkan history." – Raymond Detrez, European History Quarterly
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