The Balkan Wars are Examined in Igor Despot’s New Book

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‘The Balkan Wars in the Eyes of the Warring Parties: Perceptions and Interpretations’ takes a closer look at all the participants in the Balkan wars throughout the years

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The Balkan Wars in the Eyes of the Warring Parties: Perceptions and Interpretations” (published by iUniverse) is an attempt to analyze crucial moments throughout the Balkan wars, focusing on military, diplomacy, economies and culture lost and found throughout the years, as well as, the individuals that are involved.

In the fall of 1912, the Ottoman Empire was in turmoil. In addition to the Albanian and Yemen rebellions, the Empire was at war with Italy over the Libyan territory. Worse, cholera was spreading throughout the empire, leaving a decimated population in its wake. The Balkan countries decided this was the moment to rid themselves of the Ottoman Empire forever. Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria banded together and began a war that is still felt today.

An excerpt from “The Balkan Wars in the Eyes of the Warring Parties”:

“After agreeing on the armistice, the allies were faced with the question of preserving the territorial gains at the negotiation table. Two peace conferences had been called, one between the allies and the Ottoman Empire and the other one where the Great Powers were to confirm the settlements reached at the previous conference. Because of this the allies were faced with several problems.”

About the Author
Igor Despot was born in Zagreb in 1972. He graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science of the University of Zagreb in 1998 with the thesis “The Death of Man” at the Department of Cultural Anthropology obtaining the degree of history and philosophy professor. He obtained his master’s degree in 2008 from the same faculty, with the thesis “The Balkan Wars (1912-1913) and the Croatian Public.” This is his PhD thesis.

He has been teaching history at an elementary school since 2002. He participates in a number of international symposia in Croatia and abroad, and has published several articles in history publications in Croatia and Bulgaria. He is married with a daughter and resides in Zagreb, Croatia

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