The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans
By Dennis P. Hupchick and Harold E. Cox
Understanding the Balkans today isn’t easy. Rivalries go back generations, while ethnic identities and national borders have changed many times throughout the years – so many times that even those familiar with the region’s political geography today sometimes struggle to remember which group controlled different parts of the region at different points in history.
Maps are especially helpful in tracking how territorial control changed over time, and “The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans” comes in handy in this endeavor. It’s laid out simply enough: The map on the right-hand page corresponds to the text on the left-hand page, which describes why the borders changed when they did and the consequences of those changes. The atlas is both comprehensive and brief, providing enough information on each map to clue readers into what research they would need to do to lea