The Establishment of the Balkan National States, 1804-1920

Charles Jelavich and Barbara Jelavich

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  • Published: 1977. Paperback 1986
  • Subject Listing: History / European History; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 374 pp.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: A History of East Central Europe (HECE)
  • Contents

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.
1) The Ottoman Background
2) The Serbian Revolution
3) The Greek Revolution
4) The Autonomous Serbian State
5) The Greek Kingdom
6) Wallachia and Moldavia before 1853
7) The Ottoman Empire to 1876, The Reforms
8) The United Prinicpalities to 1876
9) The Bulgarian National Movement to 1876
10) The Crisis of the Seventies
11) Autonomous Bulgaria to 1896
12) The Balkan States: Internal Political Developments to 1914
13) The Expulsion of the Ottoman Empire from Europe
14) The Establishment of Albania
15) Balkan Nationalities in the Habsburg Empire
16) Balkan Cultural Developments
17) The First World War
18) The Postwar Settlements
19) Conclusion
Bibliographic Essay

"To compress the complexities of Balkan history is no mean achievement. Students and history teachers will find this book invaluable."
-Slavic Review"A remarkable synthesis of the evolution of the peoples of southeastern Europe up to the achievement of their national independence."
-Balkan Studies