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JACOB GOULD SCHURMAN (1854-1942) was born on Prince Edward Island and educated in Britain and Germany, but spent much of his life in the service of government and education in the United States. In 1892, he was named Cornell University's third President, and during his 28-year tenure advanced the causes of academic freedom and intellectual liberalism. His wide-ranging diplomatic missions-embarked upon during his years as Cornell's president-took him around the globe to postings in the Pacific, Europe, and China. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438504209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438504209
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,206,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Clarke on May 30, 2010
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First of all, this isn't a book; at 44 pages it's a bound pamphlet. Nowhere is this disclosed nor the fact that the "book" was originally written in 1914, with the third (and last edition) revised in 1916. Second, it doesn't cover the wars at all; it's a superficial treatment of the background to the first war with a total of 3 (!) pages alloted to the description (if it could be called that) of the war itself. Similarly for the second war. Finally, it's an amateurish reprint at best. For example, no maps are shown, just a tag where the map would have been shown along with a caption. For example on page 42 the following is listed: "[Map: map3.png Caption: The Balkan Peninsula after the Wars of 1912-1913.]". I suppose the publishers didn't realize that they needed to insert the map rather than the caption.
At $ 20.00 this is a first class rip-off.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alphonse Dahr on September 16, 2005
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When one hears these days about the Balkan Wars, one rightly wonder which of the many conflicts in that volatile region of South Eastern Europe is referred to?

If European polticians and diplomats had done their homework in the early 1990s and had read this enlightening book by Jacob Gould Schurman disaster could have been avoided at the end of the 20th century when resonably prosperous and well-off Yugoslavia started falling apart during various Balkan wars.

Schurman was an American educator and diplomat in the early 20th century. He became head of the philosophy department of Cornell University, and eventually spearheaded Cornell's expansion as its President. In addition, he served as ambassador to Germany in 1925, as envoy to China in 1921, and as as minister to Greece in 1912, where he experienced and studied the Balkan wars from closeby. In this book he describes in fascinating language the history of the Balkans, the role of Turkey in Europe, and the various Greek, Serbian and Bulgarian independence movements. He explains why this war started and what the future of the Balkans seemed to be after the 1912 Balkan wars.

When Schurman describes the cause of the First World War, he obviously refers to the assasination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, but he adds:"..the blame for this terrible catastrophe....must be traced back to the days of the famous Berlin Conference when Europe was too busy building a material civilisation to care about the aspirations and the dreams of a forgotten race in a dreary corner of the old Balkan pensinsula."

This could have been written in the 1990s and we all know now what happened. In the beginning of the 21st century, that region of Europe is still volatile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Constantelos on May 26, 2014
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Considering the author was U.S. ambassador to Greece when this book was penned, he does a good, sincere job at describing the various national points of view that led to the Balkan Wars, with hints of what brought on WWI, "this War of Many Nations," as he calls it. This book was written as the war broke out and underwent an almost immediate reprinting, so contemporaries must have seen something in it.

Schurman's speculations on the future of the Balkans (including, most interestingly, Albania) and explanations of what led Bulgaria to attack its erstwhile allies are quite interesting, and his idea that Austria-Hungary may have played a hand in the latter is intriguing. The highlights for me were many, but pages 53-67 were perhaps most compelling in their look at nationality and the role propaganda, opportunism, and the Great Powers play in its establishment, Macedonia and Albania being the focal point.

The author explains how Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece all staked claims in Macedonia, for example, each claiming certain numbers of schools, pupils, and teachers as justification for their claim. In the background, of course, are the Ottoman institutions crumbling and and their attempts to stave off irrelevance. Powers like Austria-Hungary and Russia eagerly tried to influence outcomes. France, the UK, and Germany were not without influence. A few interesting quotes:

"There is no fixed connection between the anthropological unit and the linguistic or political unit" (p. 57).

Quoting an author named "Odysseus", "The practical conclusion is that neither Greeks, Servians, nor Bulgarians have a right to claim Central Macedonia. The fact that they all do shows how weak each claim must be" (p. 57).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. D. LeDu on September 24, 2013
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I have been traveling in Turkey and the Balkans for the past two months, one of several trips. It is amazing how applicable this book is to today's world.

The wars of 1912-1913 represented a cusp in the region's history. Regrettably, the Balkan's came down on the wrong side. So much that hapened was foreseeable, but the Balkans have a knack for seeing things in only one way, without considering any other conflicting views.

For example, last night I had a discussion with a Rumanian professor who formerly worked for the United Nations and a former Greek politician. I had just arrived from the Republic of Macedonia, whose name sticks in the craw of every Greek. When I explained that this region was for hundreds of years part of a Turkish province (kemit) called Macedonia they told me that this was news to them.

As another example, three Albanian students (who were born in the Republic of Macedonia) told me that they could never live without the "reunification" of Macedonia with Albania. I asked, politely, how they proposed to do this without violence. "With reason" they told me. I asked then what would happen to all the other people (such as the Greeks and Bulgarians) in the country. "They will be expelled". How, I asked, without force? "We will reason with them and they will leave."

This is a wonderful region, with wonderful people. What has happened and what is happening is tragic and inexplicable. But this is the Balkans.
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