Clarendon Press 1915
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During World War I, the Balkan nations constituted the majority of the nations of the Central Powers. The Balkans: A History of Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Rumania, and Turkey, written during the earliest days of the war by British scholars, presents the history of these nations and treats them with historical objectivity, respect, and sympathy. Though noting the state of belligerency of these nations towards Britain at the time of writing, the authors nonetheless provide an accurate and thorough treatment of the region. Their work, which covers Balkan history from the early medieval period to the twentieth century, demonstrates expert knowledge of the diverse people groups living in the Balkans at that time, as well as their customs and traditions.
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- Written during a transformative era in Balkan history
- Draws on multiple scholars' expertise
- Provides a comprehensive portrait of the Balkans from the seventh century to World War I
- Title: The Balkans: A History of Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Romania, and Turkey
- Authors: Neville Forbes, Arnold Joseph Toynbee, David Mitrany, and David George Hogarth
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 1915
- Pages: 409
About the Authors
Neville Forbes (1883–1929) was educated at Marlborough, Oxford, and Leipzig (PhD). He was later named a professor at Oxford and became a distinguished historian and linguist. Forbes also published Russian and Serbian grammars and multiple historical works on the Balkans.
Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889–1975) was a distinguished British historian. Educated at Oxford, he later served as a fellow at Balliol College and as a professor at the University of London and the London School of Economics. He also served as a correspondent for the Manchester Guardian, was named delegate to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, and served in the British Foreign Office. He is best known for his multi-volume A Study of History which proposed a cyclical development and decline theory of civilizations.
David George Hogarth (1862–1927) was a pioneering archaeologist, prolific writer, and diplomat. Educated at Oxford, he later served as director at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford and led excavations at critical archaeological sites such as the Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, and Carchemish. He served at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference and is best known for his book Wandering Scholar in the Levant which is considered a defining work in early travel literature.
David Mitrany (1888–1975) was born in Romania and later moved to Britain where he studied at the London School of Economics. A historian and social theorist, he published multiple books on social reconstruction after World War I. He is best known for his contributions to the socio—political theory known as functionalism.