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By L.S. Stavrianos, Traian Stoianovich

With a brand new creation via TRAIAN STOIANOVICH

A enormous paintings of scholarship, The Balkans due to the fact 1453 stands as one of many nice accomplishments of ecu historiography. lengthy out of print, Stavrianos' opus either synthesizes the present literature of Balkan stories in view that international struggle I and demonstrates the centrality of the Balkans to either eu and international heritage, a centrality painfully obvious in contemporary years.

At final, the cornerstone e-book for each scholar of Balkan background, tradition and politics is now to be had as soon as again.

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T he G reeks held their own in the southern p a rt of the peninsula and rapidly assim ilated the Slavic tribes th at h ad settled in their m idst. T he Latinized T hracians and D acians of the central B alkans and trans-D anubian lands were dispersed by the Slavs and forced to find refuge in isolated m ountain areas. F o r centuries no m ention of them occurs in the m eager contem porary records. T hen grad­ ually they reappeared as the scattered nom adic V lachs south of the D anube and the m uch more num erous R um anians north of the D anube.

M any of those who rem ained behind were forcibly transported to Russia. T hus H itler’s attem pt to win “breathing space” in E astern E urope for the G erm an people led rather to the decim ation of centuries-old G erm an colonies in the Balkans. It is apparent from this survey th at A lbania, G reece, and Bulgaria are ethnically hom ogeneous countries, particularly as a result of the exchange of m inorities after W orld W ar I. A lbania has a sm all G reek m inority in the south, and G reece has an equally small Slav enclave on her northern frontier, but these are insignificant exceptions, even though diplom atically trouble­ some.

M ore serious have been the political repercussions of this living in the past. Peaceful inter-B alkan relations were scarcely likely in the face of sim ultaneous attem pts to revive the m edieval G reek, B ulgarian, and Serbian em pires. Thus historical tra d i­ tion has been an im portant factor, and usually a disturbing factor, in B alkan affairs in the m odern period. E qually significant has been the influence of the great powers. A t tim es this influence has been unconscious, as when F rench R evolutionary ideology, R om anticism , Pan-Slavism , socialism, and com m unism seeped into the peninsula from the outside to affect its destinies decisively.

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