©2000 Mark Mazower; (P)Recorded Books, LLC
This was a good listen. The author gives a good sense of the history of the region leading up to the present day, helping to explain why the Balkans became such a troubled region in the '90s. For anyone who is/was curious as to what was behind the recent strifes (beyond what the media told us), then this would be a good read. The only downside to the book is that it is sometimes chronilogically out of order. I'm not sure the author had much choice given how many present-day events are tied to past events, but it makes for several "what happened when?" moments. Nonetheless, I a good and thorough listen.
This is a serious scholarly book, unbiased, well researched and very informative. A good listen and must have book for everyone who is interested on the history of the people in the Balkan region.
I have read several books on the Balkans but none caught my attention as much as this one did. I just really think that the author did a great job in describing historical facts in an interesting way. Really was hard to shut this book off. Made me wish I had an Atlas with me at all times. Hopefully policy makers listen or read these books to get a sound history on areas that have become hotspots.
Jumping around in themes and chronology, I had a hard time following this one. Seems to assume you know quite a lot about European history already, so dont start learinng the region with this one.,,and a strange theme for the last chapter to end on.
Other professional historians might appreciate this book.
If the book meandered less, and was less soporific, it might have been more enjoyable.
If the performance could have kept me awake in spite of the poor material, it might have been better.
I would have shortened the sentences, and tried to bring some thematic coherence to the book.
The author's meandering and soporific prose, and the narrator's soothing performance, managed to make Balkan history actually boring - a remarkable achievement.
This is an extremely interesting topic. The details are very interesting. I feel the author could arraign the material more logically.
Very well read.
This recording explains the seeds of strife in the modern Balkans -- why hatred and mistrust has lingered for so long. It's "quick history" but a very illuminating introductory view of the area for someone who has no knowledge of the area.
The author apparently believes he has a theme, but what it might be isn't clear. His assertions that such-and-such is obviously true seem to come out of nowhere. Some interesting factoids, not much coherence.
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