The Balkan Wars from Contemporary Perception to Historic Memory

  • Katrin Boeckh
  • Sabine Rutar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Katrin Boeckh, Sabine Rutar
    Pages 1-9
  3. War in the Balkans: Towards the End of Empire

  4. European Eyes on the Balkans: Reassuring the Self

  5. Memories of Victory and Defeat: Constructing the Nation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 341-350

About this book


This book explores the historial role of the Balkan Wars. In Eastern Europe, the two Balkan Wars of 1912/13 had greater importance than the First World War for the construction of nations and states. This volume shows how these “short” wars profoundly changed the sociopolitical situation in the Balkans, with consequences that are still felt today. More than one hundred years later, the successors of the belligerent states in Southeastern Europe memorialize the wars as heroic highlights of their respective pasts. Furthermore, the metaphor that the Balkans were Europe’s “powder keg”, perpetuated at the beginning of the twentieth century in the face of these wars, was reactivated in both the West and the East up through the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. The authors entangle the hitherto exclusive national master narratives and analyse them cogently and trenchantly for an international readership. They make an indispensable contribution to the proper integration of the Balkan Wars into the European historical memory of twentieth-century warfare.


First World War Europe’s ‘powder keg’ Yugoslav Wars Nationalism Southeastern Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Katrin Boeckh
    • 1
  • Sabine Rutar
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for East and Southeast European StudiesRegensburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute for East and Southeast European StudiesRegensburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44641-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44642-4
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