February 26th, 2012

Слушам и не вярвам на очите си!
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Balkans, Balkanization, Balkanism

Greetings, my bored slackers knowledgeable folks who are so curious to learn new things about distant lands! See, I'm seldom impressed with non-fiction books, especially ones that have the pretense of an "in-depth analysis of cultural and historic phenomena in the modern world" (as a recent review of this book described it). But I must admit I liked this work by a couple of German scientists, entitled Geschichte Südosteuropas. The authors are Clewing and Schmitt and a bunch of other folks from the Institute for East-European History. Now, admittedly, it has never been easy to present the controversial history of the Balkan peoples, so I approached this with indulgence. The difficulties are many, because it's probably the most complex chunk of Europe, and Europe is pretty complicated anyway. But I have to admit these guys have done a decent job. And what do I mean with that?

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