After a long delay, here at last is the new episode! Today, we discuss the early foreign policy of the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and the internal measures taken to make unification a reality.
I sat down to talk with Jasmin about his new book, Hunger and Fury, and the development and role of the state and democracy in modern Balkan history and politics
NB: At one point in the interview, Jasmin refers to “Brendan Simms’ Triumph of the Lack of Will“. He’s since confirmed to me that he mixed up two books – James Gow’s Triumph of the Lack of Will, and Brendan Simms’ Unfinest Hour. Both are excellent accounts of international involvement in the Yugoslav Wars, and both Jasmin and I would firmly recommend both as further reading.
A few of you have asked for book recommendations, or lists of sources I’ve been using for research for the podcast. So I’ve put this list together, which I’ll add to over time. It’s not exhaustive, and certainly does not account for every source I’ve used (frankly, I’m not sure I remember every single one), but they are the main books I’ve been working from, and those which contained enough useful information and analysis for me to comfortably recommend for further reading.
Ivo Banac, The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics
Leslie Benson, Yugoslavia: A Concise History
Mark Biondich, Stjepan Radic, The Croat Peasant Party, and the Politics of Mass Mobilization: 1904-1928
Mark Cornwall (ed.), The Last Years of Austria-Hungary
Richard Evans, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Misha Glenny, The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers
Marko Attila Hoare, The History of Bosnia: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day
Barbara Jelavich, History of the Balkans – Volume I: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Barbara Jelavich, History of the Balkans – Volume II: Twentieth Century
Charles and Barbara Jelavich, The Establishment of the Balkan National States: 1804-1920 (Volume 8 of A History of East Central Europe)
Tim Judah, The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia
Mark Mazower, The Balkans: From the End of Byzantium to the Present Day
Andrej Mitrović, Serbia’s Great War: 1914-1918
Robin Okey, The Habsburg Monarchy: c1765-1918
Fred Singleton, A Short History of the Yugoslav Peoples
Marcus Tanner, Croatia: A Nation Forged in War
Philipp Ther, The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe
Gerard Toal and Carl Dahlman, Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and its Reversal
Napoleon conquered Europe, including the Northwest Balkans, in a flash, and then just as quick, lost it all again. On the way, he found time to bring down the last (sort of) Roman Emperor.