Croatia

A History from the Middle Ages to the Present Day

Marcus Tanner

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June 25, 2019
392 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
32 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300246575
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In this updated edition of his acclaimed history, Marcus Tanner takes us from the first Croat principalities of the Early Middle Ages through to the country’s independence in the modern era
 

“Full of absorbing stories and important insights, Croatia deserves to be read.”—Aleska Djilas, New York Times Book Review
 
“A lucid, expert account of Croatia’s past at the bloody crossroads of big-power ambitions—Turks, Austrians, Italians, Russians—leads smoothly into a riveting close-up view of the 1990s fight for independence.” Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

Marcus Tanner is a London-based writer, journalist, editor, and commentator, specializing in Eastern and Central Europe, the Balkans, and Celtic countries.

"Croatia has often but not always been at war. After the Habsburgs historic victory over the Turks in the 1690s, northern Croatia enjoyed the benefits of peace and orderly government with few interruptions until the First World War. The 20th century has undone those gains. The last three generations have known warfare on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages. After the carnage of the First World War, followed the disastrous 'Independent State of Croatia' in 1941, a poisoned chalice, tainted with a Fascist ideology and an alliance with Hitler's Germany. The result was to plunge Croatia into civil war between left-wing Partisans and the Fascist Ustashe. And, after emerging into independent statehood once again in the 1990s, the Croats have continued to be dogged by the legacy of the past. The fighting of the 1940s and the mass killings of Croatia's Serb community came back to haunt the country 50 years on."—From the preface



"Two fine and well-written works. . . . The authors, British journalists who covered the Yugoslav wars, are well worth reading. Their respective accounts give insights into the historical baggage the Yugoslav ethnic groups brought to their latest convulsions."—Dusko Doder, Boston Globe

"Tanner's book is a balanced, meticulously documented, and dispassionate account of Croatia's past and present. . . . By far, the best book on the history of Croatia ever published. Excellent and extensive index. Strongly recommended."—Choice

"A good survey of a region still much in the news."—Marcia L. Sprules, Library Journal

"Lucid and accessible."—Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

"[Tanner and Judah] bring to bear wide knowledge of Yugoslavia and shared experience of Europe's worst war since 1945. Each gives a good historical survey and an account of the war's causes."—Economist 

"Lucid and accessible."—Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

"Croatia: A Nation Forged in War is a much-needed introduction to this southern Slavic country, whose past and present defy simple categorization. . . . fascinating and well-documented. . . . Written with vigor, full of absorbing stories and important insights, [the book] deserves to be read."—Aleska Djilas, New York Times Book Review

"[Tanner and Judah] bring to bear wide knowledge of Yugoslavia and shared experience of Europe's worst war since 1945. Each gives a good historical survey and an account of the war's causes."—Economist

"Croatia has often but not always been at war. After the Habsburgs historic victory over the Turks in the 1690s, northern Croatia enjoyed the benefits of peace and orderly government with few interruptions until the First World War. The 20th century has undone those gains. The last three generations have known warfare on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages. After the carnage of the First World War, followed the disastrous 'Independent State of Croatia' in 1941, a poisoned chalice, tainted with a Fascist ideology and an alliance with Hitler's Germany. The result was to plunge Croatia into civil war between left-wing Partisans and the Fascist Ustashe. And, after emerging into independent statehood once again in the 1990s, the Croats have continued to be dogged by the legacy of the past. The fighting of the 1940s and the mass killings of Croatia's Serb community came back to haunt the country 50 years on."—From the preface

"In addition to being a work of real quality . . . [it] fills an important gap. . . . A mix of on-the-spot reportage, history and analysis, well-researched and proof-read and conveying a sense both of immediacy and of a wider perspective. . . . Tanner has written a comprehensive, informative, readable and balanced account that provides a historical perspective but is, sensibly, tilted towards the twentieth century."—Christopher Cviic, International Affairs

"Readable and stimulating. . . . Long-overdue corrective to the onesidedly negative view long entertained about Croatia by the educated British public."—Times Higher Education Supplement

"Tanner's book is a balanced, meticulously documented, and dispassionate account of Croatia's past and present. . . . By far, the best book on the history of Croatia ever published. Excellent and extensive index. Strongly recommended."—Choice

"[This book] is well paced, reasonably succinct and very readable; [it] very properly and interestingly uses broad sweeps of history to help explain recent developments and present circumstances."—George Bull, International Minds
“Tanner’s work is a colourful mosaic of the nation’s history. Well structured and highly readable, the text is lent an intensity and vigour by the author’s first-hand experience of the Balkans in general, and the break-up of Yugoslavia in particular. His insights into the culture and lives of the area’s people are both profound and balanced, and are supported by much expert opinion. In light of the country’s recent experiences, this book is a timely and important work of reference.”—Marcus Keane, Irish Times

"In addition to being a work of real quality . . . [it] fills an important gap. . . . A mix of on-the-spot reportage, history and analysis, well-researched and proof-read and conveying a sense both of immediacy and of a wider perspective. . . . Tanner has written a comprehensive, informative, readable and balanced account that provides a historical perspective but is, sensibly, tilted towards the twentieth century."—Christopher Cviic, International Affairs

"A good survey of a region still much in the news."—Marcia L. Sprules, Library Journal

"Croatia: A Nation Forged in War is a much-needed introduction to this southern Slavic country, whose past and present defy simple categorization. . . . fascinating and well-documented. . . . Written with vigor, full of absorbing stories and important insights, [the book] deserves to be read."—Aleska Djilas, New York Times Book Review

"Very accessible and consistently engrossing history."—Publishers Weekly

"Two fine and well-written works....The authors, British journalists who covered the Yugoslav wars, are well worth reading. Their respective accounts give insights into the historical baggage the Yugoslav ethnic groups brought to their latest convulsions."—Dusko Doder, Boston Globe

"Very accessible and consistently engrossing history."—Publishers Weekly

"Both books combine incisive and original scholarship, particularly about the development of the nationalist mentality in Serbia and Croatia, with the authority that comes from the authors distinguishing themselves in the killing fields of the former Yugoslavia from the first outbreaks of fighting in 1991. . . . The insights Tanner and Judah bring to their subjects in their brave and compelling books will remain valid for many years to come."—David Rieff, The Toronto Globe & Mail

"Both books combine incisive and original scholarship, particularly about the development of the nationalist mentality in Serbia and Croatia, with the authority that comes from the authors distinguishing themselves in the killing fields of the former Yugoslavia from the first outbreaks of fighting in 1991. . . . The insights Tanner and Judah bring to their subjects in their brave and compelling books will remain valid for many years to come."—David Rieff, The Toronto Globe & Mail

"[This book] is well paced, reasonably succinct and very readable; [it] very properly and interestingly uses broad sweeps of history to help explain recent developments and present circumstances."—George Bull, International Minds

"Readable and stimulating. . . . Long-overdue corrective to the onesidedly negative view long entertained about Croatia by the educated British public."—Times Higher Education Supplement

“Tanner’s work is a colourful mosaic of the nation’s history. Well structured and highly readable, the text is lent an intensity and vigour by the author’s first-hand experience of the Balkans in general, and the break-up of Yugoslavia in particular. His insights into the culture and lives of the area’s people are both profound and balanced, and are supported by much expert opinion. In light of the country’s recent experiences, this book is a timely and important work of reference.”—Marcus Keane, Irish Times

“Written with vigor, full of absorbing stories and important insights, Croatia deserves to be read.” —New York Times
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