This highly readable and thoroughly researched volume offers an excellent account of the development of seven Balkan peoples during the nineteenth and the first part of the twentieth centuries. Professors Charles and Barbara Jelavich have brought their rich knowledge of the Albanians, Bulgarians, Croatians, Greeks, Romanians, Serbians, and Slovenes to bear on every aspect of the area's history--political, diplomatic, economic, social and cultural.It took more than a century after the first Balkan uprising, that of the Serbians in 1804, for the Balkan people to free themselves from Ottoman and Habsburg rule. The Serbians and the Greeks were the first to do so; the Albanians, the Croatians, and the Slovenes the last. For each people the national revival took its own form and independence was achieved in its own way. The authors explore the contrasts and similarities among the peoples, within the context of the Ottoman Empire and Europe.
Foreword Preface1) The Ottoman Background2) The Serbian Revolution3) The Greek Revolution4) The Autonomous Serbian State5) The Greek Kingdom6) Wallachia and Moldavia before 18537) The Ottoman Empire to 1876, The Reforms8) The United Prinicpalities to 18769) The Bulgarian National Movement to 187610) The Crisis of the Seventies11) Autonomous Bulgaria to 189612) The Balkan States: Internal Political Developments to 191413) The Expulsion of the Ottoman Empire from Europe14) The Establishment of Albania15) Balkan Nationalities in the Habsburg Empire16) Balkan Cultural Developments17) The First World War18) The Postwar Settlements19) ConclusionBibliographic EssayIndex
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