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Balkan Ghosts : A Journey Through History (Vintage Departures)
Balkan Ghosts A Journey Through History - Vintage Departures Author:Robert D. Kaplan From the assassination that set off World War I to the ethnic warfare sweeping Bosnia and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the 20th century--the place where terrorism and genocide were first practiced as tools of policy. This enthralling political travelogue helps us understand that region's anguish. 16 pages of photos.
Robert Kaplan, an esteemed war correspondant, journeys through the Balkans. He voyaged through the region in the early 1980's before the collapse of communism and returned in the early 90's as the region restructured and Yugoslavia began to crumble into chaos, tyrrany and genocide.
Considering the wars, conflicts and ethnic hatred that characterize the region, this book could have easily taken a turn towards the depressing. However Kaplan talks fondly about the people he met in the region. While much of our attention is focused on the Middle East, the Balkans have great potential for both peace and conflict.
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This is an excellent book about the history of the Balkans and the current (as of late 80s) state of the Balkans. Lots of interesting stuff about a land that not many Americans know anything about. Kaplan has written many other good books including "Imperial Grunts" and "The Coming Anarchy".