- Series: The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Greenwood (May 30, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0313312907
- ISBN-13: 978-0313312908
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The History of Serbia succeeds in what it sets out to do--to provide a simple initiation to an interesting not-so-well-known country."-HISTORY: Reviews of New Books
?The History of Serbia succeeds in what it sets out to do--to provide a simple initiation to an interesting not-so-well-known country.?-HISTORY: Reviews of New Books
About the Author
JOHN K. COX is Associate Professor of History at Wheeling Jesuit University. His main research interest is the twentieth-century intellectual history of the South Slavic lands
s teaching interests include World War I and the Holocaust. A former Rotary scholar in Hungary, and a Fulbright fellow in Austria and Slovenia, he knows Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, German, and several other languages of the region. He is the author of several chapters and essays on nationalism, Yugoslav communism, and Balkan fascism, as well as numerous book reviews about the breakup of Yugoslavia.
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Unfortunately, much of the history is too condensed. Cox spends far too much time discussing recent events at the expense of the richness and variety of early Serbian history and the historical and ethnic connections between Serbs and other Slavs in Southeast Europe. Only about half the book covers the history of Serbia prior to the Twentieth Century. With so much material available and such an underemphasis on the older history of Serbia, I wonder if this book should be renamed "The Twentieth Century History of Serbia."
Cox also overcompensates when trying to keep individual pieces of history from being co-opted by nationalist Serbian propagandists. For instance, during his discussion of the Turkish practice of exacting a "blood tax" (Serbian children were taken from their parents and sent to Turkey to be raised as Muslim Turks), he opines that the practice shouldn't be viewed too negatively as it allowed poorer children to have more material goods. While this may be true, it is clear the Turks were not abducting children for altruistic purposes, nor am I convinced that many of the abductees' parents were happy with the practice.
While the book is not overly polemical, its lack of historical depth for the space available keeps it from being everything it can be. Still, it is a worthwhile and easy read for those needing a quick introduction to Serbian history.