Europäische Stabilitätsinitiative - ESI - 20. Februar 2020, 18:40



A journey through South East Europe with texts and books that we recommend to anybody interested in the region

A project supported by ERSTE Stiftung

ERSTE Stiftung

These are all books that ESI finds interesting and recommends to our friends. The literary walk, which we are expanding, is a 100 percent noncommercial service: while we ask every publisher for permission, we do not receive any benefit from presenting these books except the joy of sharing our enthusiasm. For any feedback please write to

ESI literary walk: all titles

Literature Map of the Balkans

NEW: Istanbul: Food and the frugal Turks

Turkish Letters. 2005. First published by Eland in 2001, this edition, 2005.

Ogier de Busbecq

NEW: Micklagard: Surprising, cosmopolitan Constantinople

Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire. 2007. Penguin.

Judith Herrin

NEW: Sukhumi: The history of the region became ashes

Black Sea: Birthplace of Civilisation and Barbarism. 2007. Vintage Books.

Neal Ascherson

NEW: Black Sea: The coming of steam and rail

The Black Sea: A History. 2004. Oxford University Press.

Charles King

NEW: Mestrovic: Motherhood and the Victor

Mestrovic: The Making of a Master. 2008. Stacey International.

Maria Mestrovic, edited by Marcus Tanner

NEW: Rizvanovici, Bosnia: Gnashing

Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia. 2008. Portobello Books.

Wojciech Tochman. Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

NEW: Down the Danube with Magris: Ruse

Danube. 2001. The Harvill Press. First published in Italian in 1986 and this extract taken from the 2001 translated edition.

Claudio Magris. Translated by Patrick Creagh

NEW: From Pristina to Tskhinvali

Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know. 2008. Oxford University Press.

Tim Judah

NEW: Serbia, Historians and Hitler's War

Hitler's New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia. 2008. Hurst.

Stevan Pavlowitch

NEW: Balkan Strongmen: Bulgaria's Zhivkov

Balkan Strongmen: Dictators and Authoritarian Rulers of South Eastern Europe. 2007. Hurst.

Ed: Bernd J. Fischer

NEW: Sarajevo: The Siege Within

Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo. 2008. Cornell University Press.

Peter Andreas

NEW: Turkey: Osman's Dream

Osman's Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923. 2006. John Murray.

Caroline Finkel

NEW: Durres 1961: Beijing on Sea

Albania . 1963. Praeger in the US and Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Published in German in 1962 and English in 1963.

Harry Hamm. Translated by Victor Anderson

NEW: Cetinje: Eggs for the Ladies

Life and Death in the Balkans: A Family Saga in a Century of Conflict. 2008. Hurst.

Bato Tomasevic

NEW: Bosnia: Land of Immigrants

The History of Bosnia: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day. 2007. Saqi.

Marko Attila Hoare

NEW: Ottoman Croatia

Croatia Through History: The Making of a European State. 2007. Saqi.

Branka Magas

NEW: Harem: All the Sultan's Women

Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire. 1998. Henry Holt.

Jason Goodwin

NEW: Sibiu: Regime Change, European Style

Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style. 2006. Brookings.

Elizabeth Pond

NEW: 1929: The Balkans and the Great Crash

History of the Balkans: Twentieth Century. (Volume 2). 1983. Cambridge University Press.

Barbara Jelavich

NEW: Rumeli and how the Balkans became the Balkans

The Balkans. 2000. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group, London.

Mark Mazower

NEW: 1948: Stalin, Kosovo and Swallowing Albania

Conversations with Stalin. 2000. Harcourt Brace.

Milovan Djilas

NEW: Transforming Turkey: the 1950s

The Turks Today. 2004. John Murray.

Andrew Mango

NEW: McMafia and the Balkans

McMafia: Crime without Frontiers. 2008. The Bodley Head.

Misha Glenny

NEW: 1916: Serbia in Corfu

Serbia's Great War: 1914-1918. 2007. Hurst.

Andrej Mitrovic

NEW: Princes Amongst Men

Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians. 2007. Serpent's Tail.

Garth Cartwright

NEW: Limp Shevardnadze

Stories I Stole: From Georgia. 2002. Atlantic Books.

Wendell Steavenson

NEW: Knin: War and Suburbia

Are We There Yet? Travels With My Frontline Family. 2007. Reportage Press.

Rosie Whitehouse

NEW: In the Mountains of Poetry

Georgia: In the Mountains of Poetry. 2006. Routledge.

Peter Nasmyth


Kosovo. 2007. Bradt Guides.

Gail Warrander & Verena Knaus

Zamfirovo: Rural livelihoods in the mid-1990s

Domesticating Revolution. From Socialist Reform to Ambivalent Transition in a Bulgarian Village. 1998. Pennsylvania State University Press.

Gerald W. Creed

Sofia: Bulgaria's Jews during WWII

A Concise History of Bulgaria. 2005. Cambridge University Press.

Richard J. Crampton

Prophet of Yugoslavism

The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics. 1992. Cornell University Press.

Ivo Banac

1919: Mushrooms and Lies

Peacemakers: The Paris Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War. 2003. John Murray.

Margaret MacMillan

Foča: The Bosniak

The Bosniak: Adil Zulfikarpašić in dialogue with Milovan Djilas and Nadežda Gaće. 1998. Hurst.

Milovan Djilas & Nadežda Gaće

Dayton: The Napkin Shuttle

To End a War. 1999. The Modern Library, Random House.

Richard Holbrooke

Kosovo: The Swiss Front

Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkans Wars. 2003. Cornell University Press.

Paul Hockenos

Srebrenica: July 1995

Postcards from the Grave. 2005. Saqi/The Bosnian Institute.

Emir Suljagic

Srebrenica: Blood

Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia. 1998. W. W. Norton.

Chuck Sudetic

Srebrenica: Vengeance

Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia. 1998. W. W. Norton.

Chuck Sudetic

Ohrid: Rise and Fall

Why Angels Fall: A Journey Through Orthodox Europe From Byzantium to Kosovo. 2000. MacMillan.

Victoria Clark

Romania: 1914

Queen of Roumania: The life of Princess Marie, grand-daughter of Queen Victoria. 1989. Trans-Atlantic Publications.

Hannah Pakula

Cetinje: Nikola Under the Elm

The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics. 1992. Cornell University Press.

Ivo Banac

Salonika and the Jews

The Balkans 1804-1999: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers. 1999. Granta Books.

Misha Glenny

Istanbul: Swimming across the Bosphorus

Crescent and Star – Turkey between two worlds. 2001. Farrar Straus Giroux.

Stephen Kinzer

Tornado of Dust - 1944

Eastern Approaches. 2004. Penguin Global.

Fitzroy MacLean

The head of the world

The Companion Guide to Rome. 2006. Companion Guides.

Georgina Masson

Dalmatia: Ships & Grapes

Croatia: A Nation Forged in War. 1997. Yale University Press.

Marcus Tanner

Cetinje: 1858

Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro. 2007. Hurst.

Elizabeth Roberts

Dubrovnik: England, Wine and Wool

Dubrovnik: A History. 2006. Saqi Books.

Robin Harris

Kotor and the Montenegrins

Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro. 2007. Hurst.

Elizabeth Roberts

The Rabbi of Stolac

Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook. 2005. Saqi/The Bosnian Institute.

Stephen Schwartz

The Kotor - Constantinople Express

Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro. 2007. Hurst.

Elizabeth Roberts

Durham in Pristina - 1908

High Albania. 2000. Phoenix Press, London.

Edith Durham

Tirana: 1962

The Balkans. 1966. Time Incorporated.

Edmund Stillman

Pristina: Kosovo like Namibia?

A Paper House: The Ending of Yugoslavia. 1992. Vintage.

Mark Thompson

Istanbul: Pamuk's City

Istanbul: Memories and the City. 2005. Faber & Faber.

Orhan Pamuk

Mitrovica: 1908

High Albania. 2000. Phoenix Press, London.

Edith Durham

The Museum and Bosnian Identity

Sarajevo: A Biography. 2006. Hurst.

Robert Donia

London Buses in Sarajevo

Fodor's Modern Guides: Yugoslavia. 1966. MacGibbon & Kee.


Awake Romania - 1989

With God, For the People. Laszlo Tokes, as told to David Porter. 1990. Hodder & Stoughton.

Laszlo Tokes

Belgrade Train Station - 1964

The Mountains of Serbia: Travels through Inland Yugoslavia. 1977. Readers Union.

Anne Kindersley

Mealtime - Interwar years in Travnik

Peasant Life in Jugoslavia. 1941. Seeley, Service & Co.

Olive Lodge

Nis: War Capital, 1915

War in Eastern Europe: Travels Through the Balkans in 1915. 1994. Phoenix.

John Reed

Novi Sad: Nest of the Serbian nation

The Mountains of Serbia: Travels through Inland Yugoslavia. 1977. Readers Union.

Anne Kindersley

Belgrade and the Selenites

Yugoslavia. 1962. Vista Books.

Jean-Marie Domenach & Alain Pontault

Thessalonika: 1923

Twice a Stranger: The Mass Expulsions that Forged Modern Greece and Turkey. 2006. Granta Books.

Bruce Clark

Salonica: Slaves and Trade

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950. 2005. Harper Perennial.

Mark Mazower

1996: Serbia Calling

This is Serbia Calling: Rock 'n' roll radio and Belgrade's underground resistance. 2001. Serpent's Tail.

Matthew Collin

Zog's Tirana

King Zog of Albania: Europe's Self-Made Muslim Monarch. 2004. New York University Press.

Jason Tomes

City without traffic - Pristina 1966

Kosova-Kosovo: Prelude to War 1966-1999. 1999. Redland Pr Inc.

Mary Motes


© Europäische Stabilitätsinititive - ESI 2020
20. Februar 2020, 18:40