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The dramatic, tumultuous and often tragic human events that erupted in the Balkan Peninsula following the collapse of communism between 1989 and 1991 have captured the Western world's attention throughout the 1990s. This book contains 50 colour, full-page maps and extensive explanatory text to explore this often complicated and war-torn history. The maps not only illustrate the area's physical geography, but also the political development and key moments in Balkans history, in a way that is immediate and easy to understand. Lecturers and students should find it an affordable useful reference tool, and general readers should enjoy it for its clarity and wealth of information.
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Studio: Palgrave Macmillan
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.19" Width: 7.45" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 17, 2001
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 031223970X ISBN13 9780312239701
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More About D. Hupchick & H. Cox
DENNIS P. HUPCHICK is an Associate Professor of History at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, where he also directs the East European and Russian Studies Program. He is the author of Conflict and Chaos in Eastern Europe (SMP, 1995), Culture and History in Eastern Europe (SMP, 1994), co-author of The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans (Palgrave, 2001), author of The Balkans (Palgrave, 2001), and The Bulgarians in the Seventeenth Century (1993). HAROLD E. COX is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania. He is the former editor of Pennsylvania History and has written extensively on the history of urban transportation and the development of inner cities in the nineteenth century. He has created historical maps for various publications since the early 1950s.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans?
Maps and brief overview that are easy to understand Nov 17, 2007
If you're looking for maps of how the Balkan borders have been drawn and redrawn between 600-1999 AD, plus a brief textual overview on the facing page, this is the book for you. Several earlier maps also show the general dispersion of the various cultures that inhabited that portion of the Balkans (not always an easy task).
Understanding the Balkans is difficult (well, at least it is for an American like me) ... but this book has helped me more than one time to grasp the often turbulent events that constantly reshaped Balkan countries. As kingdoms and empires grew and shrank, the borders often changed ... and new countries were created and old countries disappeared.
It's nice to have this brief progression through time in the form of the changing geography. It's a reference book that anyone who is interested in Balkan history will find useful over and over. And it's never out of date, since 600 AD will never occur again.
Honest attempt, weak result Sep 8, 2002
* * * Do NOT buy hardcover version! * * *
Summary: Maps: **(*) Text: ***(*) To be used together with another atlas. (e.g. "Historical Atlas of East Central Europe, by P. R. Magocsi or Cartographia's "Történelmi Világatlasz" (in Hungarian))
Just like when I first discovered the "Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe" I thought: "At last a specific work on the topic in English!". Well, despite the range of the maps - 50, listed at the end of the review - it was quite a disappointment.
The maps... They can at best be described as of "average" quality, but words like "perfunctory" or "sloppy" could be used as well. There is no excuse for the roughness and distortion of state boundaries, the lack of rivers and cities/towns. And the actual errors to them have yet to be mentioned. Still, since these maps cover a smaller area than their counterparts in the "Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe", they are a bit more precise, but far from detailed.
It must be noted as well that GEOGRAPHICALLY the Northern boundary of the Balkan Peninsula is defined by the Danube - Sava - Kulpa rivers. Thus Slovenia is entirely and Croatia and Romania is partly outside of it. However, while historically Ljubljana and Zagreb is rightly considered Central European, Bucharest is linked to the Balkans. Despite it's acquisition of Transylvania in 1918/20.
It must be noted that the author makes an honest attempt to be objective in the history telling, by sometimes presenting several versions/views on the same event, BUT I am sure that even this won't satisfy everybody. However, the style of the text is sometimes "odd". "Nationalist", is one of the much preferred word used by the author, especially when dealing with newer history. The difference between "nationalism" and "patriotism" is apparently very subjective.
All in all, the map part of this atlas is suitable for low-level studies of the area only, and the text for high-school studies.
A last remark: This volume shares 14 - or 1/3 - out of it's 50 maps with the "Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe" from the same series. (Nos. (5), 8, 11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 25, 30, 32, 33, 37, 38, 49 and 50, as observed by the author of these lines.) So basically, the "Historical Atlas of the Balkans" - with it's 36 additional maps of the Balkans - is a complementary to the "Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe".
The Maps: 1: Physical 2: Political, 2001 3: Natural Resources 4: Demographic 5: Cultural 6: The East Roman Balkans, Late 6th Century 7: Avar, Slav, and Bulgarian Invasions, 7th Century 8: Rise of the First Bulgarian Empire, 7th-10th Centuries 9: Fall of the First Bulgarian Empire, Mid-10th-Early 11th Centuries 10: Rise of Medieval Croatia, 19th-12th Centuries 11: The Balkans, Late 12th Century 12: Crusades in the Balkans, Late 11th-Early 13th Centuries 13: The Balkans after the Fourth Crusade, 1204-1214 14: Byzantium Resurrected, 1261-1328 15: Rise of the Romanian Principalities, Mid-13th-14th Centuries 16: Rise of Medieval Bosnia, 13th-14th Centuries 17: Rise of Medieval Serbia, 13th-Mid-14th Centuries 18: Political Fragmentation, Mid-14th Century 19: Ottoman Expansion in the Balkans, Mid-14th-Early 16th Centuries 20: Fall of Constantinople, 1453 (and Ottoman Istanbul) 21: Apex of Ottoman Expansion, Mid-16th Century 22: Ottoman Millet Organization, Mid-16th-17th Centuries 23: Habsburg Croatian-Slavonian Military Border, 17th-18th Centuries 24: The Ottoman Balkans, Late 17th-18th Centuries 25: Emergence of Modern Balkan States, 1804-1862 26: The Balkan Crisis of 1875-1876 27: The "San-Stefano" Balkans, March 1878 28: The "Berlin" Balkans, July 1878 29: Balkan State Territorial Expansion, 1881-1886 30: The Macedonian Question 31: The Balkans, 1908 32: Bosnia-Hercegovina, 1908-1914 33: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913 34: World War I in the Balkans 35: The Post-Versailles/Lausanne Balkans 36: Yugoslavia, 1929-1941 37: Post-Trianon Romania, 1920-1938 38: The Transylvanian Question 39: Bulgaria, 1919-1940 40: Greece, 1923-1941 41: Albania, 1921-1939 42: The Balkans, 1939-1940 43: World War II-The 1941 Balkan Campaign 44: The Axis-Dominated Balkans, 1941-1944 45: Balkan Cominform States 1945-1947 46: The Greek Civil War, 1946-1949 47: Splits in Communism, 1948-1960 48: Collapse of Communism, 1989-1991 49: Wars of Yugoslav Succession, 1991-1995 50: The Kosovo Crisis, 1999
Review based on First paperback September 2001 edition.