Twenty-Five Lectures on Modern Balkan History. Bibliographic note

Twenty-Five Lectures on Modern Balkan History

Bibliographic note

As noted in the Preface, I did not have publication (even on the Web) in mind when I wrote down the lecture texts: for that reason they lack footnotes and most other indications about sources. Because many readers have asked for a bibliography, I am offering the following list. When using it, keep in mind:

  • This is not meant as a list of the best or most important works in the field. It is a list of sources consulted in preparing the lectures, as well as readings assigned for the class. The lectures do not cover all aspects of Balkan history: neither does this list.
  • This is a reconstruction of reading completed a decade ago, and will be incomplete.
  • I have not tried to update this bibliography by adding newer studies: therefore it includes nothing published after the early 1990s. Among other things, that means there is nothing substantial about the Bosnian or Kosovo crises. To a large extent, this list reflects the kind of core readings assigned in an American graduate history program of the 1980s.

Interested readers definitely should supplement this list by going to a good library or a large bookstore, and looking for newer publications. I have made no attempt to add newer publications. 

Abbott, G. F. The tale of a tour in Macedonia. London: E. Arnold, 1903.

Albertini, Luigi. The origins of the War of 1914. Translated and edited by Isabella M. Massey. London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1952-57.

Anastasoff, Christ. The tragic peninsula; a history of the Macedonian movement for independence since 1878. St. Louis, Mo.: Printed by Blackwell Wielandy Co., 1938.

Anderson, M. S. The Eastern question, 1774-1923: a study in international relations. London, Melbourne: Macmillan / New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1966.

Augustinos, Gerasimos. Consciousness and history: nationalist critics of Greek society, 1897-1914. Boulder, Colo.: East European quarterly (distributed by Columbia University Press), 1977.

Auty, Phyllis. Tito: a biography. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1970.

Banc, C. and Alan Dundes. First prize, fifteen years!: an annotated collection of Romanian political jokes. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1986.

Barker, Elisabeth. Macedonia: its place in Balkan power politics. London, New York: Royal Institute of Institute of International Affairs, 1950.

Brailsford, Henry Noel. Macedonia: its races and their future. London: Metheun, 1906.

Bridge, F. R. From Sadowa to Sarajevo: the foreign policy of Austria-Hungary, 1866-1914. London, Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972.

Calinescu, Matei and Vladimir Tismaneanu. “The 1989 Revolution and Romania’s future,” Problems of Communism XL/1-2 (January-April 1991), pp. 42-59.

Chary,Frederick B. “The Bulgarian writers’ protest of October 1940 against the introduction of anti-Semitic legislation into the Kingdom of Bulgaria,” East European Quarterly IV/1 (March 1970), pp. 88-93.

Chirot, Daniel (ed.). The Origins of backwardness in Eastern Europe: economics and politics from the Middle Ages until the early twentieth century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

Churchill, Winston. The Second World War: Vol. 6, Triumph and tragedy. New York: Bantam, 1962.

Clogg, Richard. A concise history of Greece. Cambridge (England), New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Crampton, R. J. A short history of modern Bulgaria. Cambridge (England), New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Dakin, Douglas. British and American philhellenes during the War of Greek Independence, 1821-1833. Thesaloniki, 1955.

Dakin, Douglas. The Greek struggle for independence, 1821-1833. Berkeley, University of California Press 1973.

Dakin, Douglas. The unification of Greece, 1770-1923. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1972.

Dawidowicz, Lucy S. The war against the Jews, 1933-1945. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975.

Dedijer, Vladimir. The road to Sarajevo. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1966.

Deme, Laszlo. “Nationalism and cosmopolitanism among the Hungarian Radicals,” Austrian History Yearbook XII-XIII (1976-77), pp. 36-44.

Dragnich, Alex N. “The rise and fall of Yugoslavia: The omen of the upsurge of Serbian nationalism,” East European Quarterly 23/2 (June 1989), pp. 183-198.

Drakulic, Slavenka. Balkan express: fragments from the other side of war. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.

Farlow, Robert L. “Romanian foreign policy: A case of partial alignment,” Problems of Communism XX/6 (November-December 1971), pp. 54-63.

Ferfila, Bogomil. “Yugoslavia: Confederation or disintegration?,” Problems of Communism XL/4 (July-August 1991), pp. 18-30.

Fine, John V. A. (John Van Antwerp), Jr. The early medieval Balkans: a critical survey from the sixth to the late twelfth century. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1983.

Fine, John V. A. (John Van Antwerp), Jr. The late medieval Balkans: a critical survey from the late twelfth century to the Ottoman Conquest. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1987.

Gyani, Gabor. “A chapter of the social history of Hungarian women: Female domestic servants on the labour market, Budapest (1890-1940),” Acta Historica [Hungary] 32/3-4 (1986), pp. 365-391.

Halecki, Oskar. Borderlands of western civilization: a history of East Central Europe. New York: Ronald Press Co., 1952.

Halpern, Joel Martin. A Serbian village. New York: Columbia University Press, 1958.

Halpern, Joel Martin and Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern. A Serbian village in historical perspective. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, 1972.

Hayne, M. B. The French Foreign Office and the origins of the First World War, 1898-1914. Oxford (England): Clarendon Press / New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Held, Joseph (ed.). The Columbia history of Eastern Europe in the twentieth century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.

Hilberg, Raul. The destruction of the European Jews. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1985.

International Commission to Inquire into the Causes and Conduct of the Balkan Wars. Report of the International commission to inquire into the causes and conduct of the Balkan wars. Washington, D. C.: The [Carnegie] Endowment, 1914.

Jelavich, Barbara. History of the Balkans. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Jelavich, Barbara. Russia’s Balkan entanglements, 1806-1914. Cambridge (England), New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Jelavich, Charles. South Slav nationalisms: textbooks and Yugoslav Union before 1914. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1990.

Jelavich, Charles and Barbara Jelavich (eds.). The Balkans in transition: essays on the development of Balkan life and politics since the eighteenth century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963.

Jelavich, Charles and Barbara Jelavich. The establishment of the Balkan national states, 1804-1920. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1977.

Jensen, J. H. and Gerhard Rosegger. “British railway-builders along the lower Danube, 1856-1869,” Slavonic and East European Review 46/106 (January 1968), pp. 105-128.

Jewsbury, George F. “Nationalism in the Danubian Principalities: 1800-1825 — A reconsideration,” East European Quarterly 13/3 (Fall 1979), pp. 287-296.

John Murray (Firm). Handbook for travellers in Turkey in Asia including Constantinople, the Bosphorus, Dardaneles, Brousa and plain of Troy: With general hints for travellers in Turkey. London: J. Murray, 1876.

Kann, Robert A. A history of the Habsburg Empire, 1526-1918. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974.

Kaplan, Robert D. Balkan ghosts: a journey through history. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

Kay, M. A. “The Yugoslav Government-in-Exile and the problems of restoration,” East European Quarterly XXV/1 (March 1991), pp. 1-19.

Kiraly, Bela K. Hungary in the late eighteenth century: The decline of enlightened despotism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1969.

Kolokotrones, Theodore. Kolokotrones: The klepht and the warrior: Sixty years of peril and daring: An autobiography. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892.

Krnjevic, Juraj. “The Croats in 1848,” Slavonic and East European Review 27/68 (December 1948), pp. 106-114.

Lafore, Laurence Davis. The long fuse, an interpretation of the origins of World War I. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1965.

Lampe, John R. and Marvin R. Jackson. Balkan economic history, 1550-1950: from imperial borderlands to developing nations. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.

Lewis, Bernard. The emergence of modern Turkey. London, New York: issued under the auspices of the Royal Institute of International Affairs [by] Oxford University Press, 1968.

Macartney, C. A. The Habsburg Empire, 1790-1918. New York: Macmillan, 1969.

Macesich, Susan S. “The French Revolution, Napoleon and the Balkan enlightenment,” East European Quarterly 9/4 (Winter 1975), pp. 455-470.

MacKenzie, David. The “Black hand” on trial: Salonika, 1917. Boulder: East European Monographs (distributed by Columbia University Press), 1995.

MacKenzie, David. “Serbia as Piedmont and the Yugoslav Idea, 1804-1914,” East European Quarterly XXVIII/2 (June 1994), pp. 153-182.

Maclean, Fitzroy. The heretic: the life and times of Josip Broz-Tito. New York : Harper, 1957.

Makrygiannes, Ioannes. The memoirs of General Makriyannis, 1797-1864; edited and translated [from the Greek] by H. A. Lidderdale; foreword by C. M. Woodhouse. London: Oxford U. P., 1966.

Malcolm, Noel. Bosnia: a short history. New York: New York University Press, 1994.

Mardin, Serif. The genesis of young Ottoman thought: a study in the modernization of Turkish political ideas. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1962.


Mavrogordatos, George Th. Stillborn republic: social coalitions and party strategies in Greece, 1922-1936. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.

Mayer, Arno J. Wilson vs. Lenin: political origins of the new diplomacy, 1917-1918. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1959.

Mazower, Mark. Inside Hitler’s Greece: the experience of occupation, 1941-1944. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.

Mazower, Mark. “The messiah and the bourgeoisie: Venizelos and politics in Greece, 1909-1912,” Historical Journal 35/4 (December 1992), pp. 885-905.

McGrew, William W. Land and revolution in modern Greece, 1800-1881: the transition in the tenure and exploitation of land from Ottoman rule to independence. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1985.

McNeill, William Hardy. Europe’s steppe frontier, 1500-1800. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964.

McPherson, William. “What Went Wrong? William McPherson in Romania,” Granta 33 (Summer 1990), pp. 9-26.

Miller, William. The Ottoman empire and its successors, 1801-1927. Cambridge (England): The University press, 1927.

Mitrany, David. The land and the peasant in Rumania: the war and agrarian reform (1917-21). London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press / New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930.

Mitrany, David. Marx against the peasant: a study in social dogmatism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1951.

Owings, W. A. Dolph, Elizabeth Pribic and Nikola Pribic (trans. and ed.). The Sarajevo trial. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Documentary Publications, 1984.

Palmer, Alan Warwick. The lands between: a history of East-Central Europe since the Congress of Vienna. New York: Macmillan, 1970.

Pavlowitch, Stevan K. The improbable survivor: Yugoslavia and its problems, 1918 -1988. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1988.

Pavlowitch, Stevan K. Yugoslavia. New York: Praeger 1971.

Perry, Duncan M. The politics of terror: the Macedonian liberation movements, 1893-1903. Durham: Duke University Press, 1988.

Petrovich, Michael Boro. A history of modern Serbia, 1804-1918. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.

Pinsker, Leon [Lev]. Auto-emancipation: An admonition to his brethren by A Russian Jew. New York: Federation of American Zionists, 1916.

Ramet, Sabrina P. Nationalism and federalism in Yugoslavia, 1963-1983. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984.

Remak, Joachim. “1914 — The Third Balkan War: Origins reconsidered,” Journal of Modern History 43/3 (1971), pp. 353-366.

Remak, Joachim. Sarajevo, the story of a political murder. New York, Criterion Books, 1959.

Resis, Albert Resis. “The Churchill-Stalin secret ‘percentages’ agreement on the Balkans, Moscow, October 1944,” American Historical Review 83/2 (April 1978), pp. 368-387.

Rothenberg, Gunther Erich. The Military Border in Croatia, 1740-1881: a study of an imperial institution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966.

Rothschild, Joseph. East Central Europe between the two World Wars. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1974.

Sanders, Irwin Taylor. Balkan village. Lexington: Univ. of Kentucky Press, 1949.

Schroeder, Paul W. “World War I as Galloping Gertie: A reply to Joachim Remak,” Journal of Modern History 44/3 (1972), pp. 319-345.

Sebright, Georgina Mary Muir Mackenzie and A. P. Irby. Travels in the Slavonic provinces of Turkey-in-Europe. New York: Arno Press, 1971.

Sekelj, Laslo. “Anti-Semitism in Yugoslavia, 1918-1945,” East European Quarterly 22/2 (June 1988), pp. 159-172.

Seton-Watson, R. W. “The Sarajevo murder trial,” Slavonic and East European Review 4/12 (March 1926), pp. 645-656.

Shaw, Stanford J. Between old and new: the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Selim III, 1789-1807. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1971.

Shaw, Stanford J. History of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Cambridge (England), New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976-1977.

Sherman, Laura Beth. Fires on the mountain: the Macedonian revolutionary movement and the kidnapping of Ellen Stone. Boulder: East European Monographs (distributed by Columbia University Press), 1980.

Shoberl, Frederic (ed.). Illyria and Dalmatia: containing a description of the manners, customs, habits, dress and other peculiarities characteristic of their inhabitants, and those of the adjacent countries. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1821.

Skendi, Stavro. The Albanian national awakening, 1878-1912. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1967.

Smallwood, James. “Banquo’s ghost at the Paris Peace Conference: The United States and the Hungarian Question,” East European Quarterly XII/3 (Fall 1978), pp. 289-307.

Stavrianos, Leften Stavros. The Balkans since 1453. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1958.

Steiner, Zara S. The Foreign Office and foreign policy, 1898-1914. London: Cambridge University Press, 1969.

Stephens, John Lloyd. Incidents of travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland. New York: Harper & brothers, 1844.

Stoianovich, Traian. “The conquering Balkan Orthodox merchant,” Journal of Economic History 20/2 (1960), pp. 234-313.

Stoianovich, Traian. “Factors in the decline of Ottoman society in the Balkans”, Slavic Review 21/4 (December 1962), pp. 623-632.

Stoianovich, Traian. A study in Balkan civilization. New York: Knopf, 1967.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Modern Library, 1897.

Strangford, Emily Anne Beaufort Smythe. The eastern shores of the Adriatic in 1863 with a visit to Montenegro. London: R. Bentley, 1864.

Sugar, Peter F. Southeastern Europe under Ottoman rule, 1354-1804. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1977.

Sulzberger, C. L. “Greece under the Colonels,” Foreign Affairs 48/2 (January 1970), pp. 300-311.

Sutton, Susan Buck. “Family and work: New patterns for village women in Athens,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 4/1 (1986), pp. 33-49.

Todorova, Maria. “The Balkans: From discovery to invention,” Slavic Review 53/2 (Summer 1994), pp. 453-482.

Todorova, Maria. “Myth-making in European family history: The zadruga revisted,” East European Politics and Societies 4/1 (1990), pp. 30-76.

Tomasevich, Jozo. The Chetniks: war and revolution in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1975.

Tozer, Henry Fanshawe. Researches in the highlands of Turkey: including visits to mounts Ida, Athos, Olympus, and Pelion, to the Mirdite Albanians, and other remote tribes. With notes on the ballads, tales, and classical superstitions of the modern Greeks. London: J. Murray, 1869.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East. Situation in Kosovo: hearing before the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, second session, October 5, 1994. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 1994.

Verdery, Katherine. Transylvanian villagers: three centuries of political, economic, and ethnic change. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.

Vucinich, Wayne S. (ed.). The First Serbian uprising, 1804-1813. Boulder: Social Science Monographs (distributed by Columbia University Press), 1982.

Vucinich, Wayne S. The Ottoman Empire: its record and legacy. Huntington, N.Y.: R. E. Krieger Pub. Co., 1965.

Vucinich, Wayne S. Serbia between East and West: the events of 1903-1908. New York: AMS Press, 1968.

Wilkinson, Henry Robert. Maps and politics; a review of the ethnographic cartography of Macedonia. Liverpool, University Press, 1951.

Wolff, Robert Lee. The Balkans in our time. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956.

Woodhouse, C. M. (Christopher Montague). The Greek war of independence, its historical setting. London: Hutchinson’s University Library, 1952.

Woodhouse, C. M. (Christopher Montague). Modern Greece: a short history. London, Boston: Faber and Faber, 1991.

Woodhouse, C. M. (Christopher Montague). The struggle for Greece, 1941-1949. London: Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, 1976.

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