The Debated Lands

British and American Representations of the Balkans

Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

Distributed for University of Wales Press

238 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2007
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780708319659 Published July 2007 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The negative connotations of the word “balkanization” neatly sum up current attitudes to this maligned region. In The Debated Lands, Andrew Hammond studies hundreds of examples of travel writing to chart the complex history of British and American conceptualizations of the Balkans. Hammond begins with the imperially influenced discourses of the eighteenth century, continues with the sudden allegiances of World War I, observes the ambivalent mixture of sympathy and disappointment that characterized the cold war, and reveals the return to vilification in the 1990s. Comprehensively documenting centuries of criticism and fear, Hammond’s study of the alienation of the Balkans is unique.
Professor Bruce Haddock, Cardiff School of European Studies, Cardiff University
"This book assembles an impressive range of texts, which are sensitively read against the backdrop of international political issues."
Introduction: The Concept of the Balkans
Part I: 1850-1914
Chapter 1: Nineteenth-Century Balkanism
Chapter 2: Representation and Power
Chapter 3: The Victorian Traveller
Part II: 1914-1939
Chapter 4: Wartime Alliance
Chapter 5: The Escape from Modernity
Chapter 6: Travel in the Modernist Era
Part III: 1939-2006
Chapter 7: Cold War Discourse
Chapter 8: The Return of Denigration
Chapter 9: The Postmodern Traveller
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