Tag Archives: Balkan Ghosts

Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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Focus on Croatia

Zagreb Rebecca West’s classic travelogue of Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, begins at the railway station in Zagreb, Croatia, 1937. Robert Kaplan, following her trail in 1989, begins his book Balkan Ghosts at the same railway station. In 1918, … Continue reading

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Focus on Croatia

Religion The best way to describe the split in the Croatian Catholic Church is to talk about Bishop Josip Strossmayer and Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac. (I am stealing this device blatantly from Robert Kaplan). But first: A bit of theology. During … Continue reading

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Focus on Hungary

Culture There is a huge blank in my knowledge, as far as Hungary is concerned. My notes start in the 800 ADs, and then they skip to World War I. So my apologies for that. One of the many cool … Continue reading

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Macedonia, Again

Competing claims I have two passages on Macedonia (and the wider world of the Balkans) to share from Roberrt Kaplan’s influential book Balkan Ghosts. As I said yesterday, my understanding of the Macedonian situation is tenuous, at best, and I … Continue reading

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