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Product Details

  • Series: Cityscapes
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195376099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195376098
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Norris is the author of In the Wake of the Balkan Myth: Questions of Identity and Modernity.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Billy Blues on February 2, 2009
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The cultural history of Belgrade is at once rich and dramatic, which is how this book reads. Norris doesn't dwell too much on the most recent history,nor does he take a narrow political view of recent events. Belgrade (and Serbia) is as much about Milosevic and the wars as America is about Bush and the Iraq Invasion/Occupation. There's just so much more. Norris understands this and gives us a broader understanding while painting a nuanced portrait of a city eternally at European and World crossroads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By haregrog on May 13, 2011
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I would put this with Tim Judah's excellent The Serbs as part of the bibliography of contemporary books that are essential for Western readers who wish to know and understand more about this fascinating people and the multifaceted cultural history of the Balkans. This is a city where there is still--or again--much beauty and worth to be found.

Many books are available on the Balkans, but most are either particular to the horrors of the early 1990s, or so dry they give you a sore throat. And many come with either a pro- or anti- agenda, sometimes hidden, which makes it tough to know whether you're reading dispassionate narrative or a stacked argument. For those who have been there, Norris's dignified, readable, authoritative book will take you back down the streets and into the neighborhoods, offering an absorbing and relevant history.

But Belgrade: A Cultural History is not to be mistaken for either a travel memoir or a guidebook. For those who have not been there before, absorb this one before you set out on your journey. For that matter, if you weren't planning on visiting Belgrade, proceed with caution: after reading this book, you may not be able to resist.

It's not hard to fall in love with Paris. I have an eternal soft spot for London. Many of us Westerners have our own favorite world cities. David Norris has firmly established Belgrade as a candidate for that kind of respect and appreciation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By arnaud jacquin on August 1, 2014
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I am rereading this book for the second time ahead of a trip to Serbia. This book is part cultural history and part guidebook. It is very well written by an expert on Serbian history and culture. A treat for anyone interested in Serbia and the Balkans.
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