Richard Crampton is Professor of East European History and Fellow of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is the author of Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, The Balkans Since the Second World War, and a number of histories of Bulgaria. (June 2005)

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Wonderful Town?

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430–1950

by Mark Mazower
Salonica, City of Ghosts is a history of a fascinating, turbulent city by one of the most distinguished historians of his generation. The city of Thessaloniki, to give its original and present Greek name, was founded in the fourth century BC by the husband of the half-sister of Alexander the …

Myths of the Balkans

The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804–1999

by Misha Glenny

Explaining Yugoslavia

by John B. Allcock
Not much work. Only a stream of telegrams about Turkey and the Balkans, which I can not understand. These esoteric speculations as to the backstairs intrigues of that deplorable part of the world are quite beyond my comprehension, and I’m afraid I ignore them. So Sir Alexander Cadogan, the senior …