The Balkan Wars in western historiography, 1912-2012

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The Balkan Wars of 1912-13 were a key moment in modern Balkan history. This chapter traces shifts and new trends in the way historians in Western Europe and the United States researched and explained the significance and the meanings of the wars in the hundred years since their outbreak. It shows that interpretations changed repeatedly, influenced by wider political developments, and the rise and fall of academic schools of thought. Its main contribution is in challenging and historicising the current common perception that the Balkan Wars were always seen foremostly as an extremely violent event, as an early episode in the modern European history of mass killing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Balkan Wars from Contemporary Perception to Historic Memory
EditorsKatrin Boeckh, Sabine Rutar
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319446424
ISBN (Print)9783319446417
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2017


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