Balkan Studies Program - History

Over the years, many prominent scholars and specialists on the Balkans have been trained at Columbia University and the Harriman Institute/East Central European Center. The following is just a sampling of the intellectual contribution Columbia faculty and alumni have made to southeastern European studies in the United States:

Abrahams, Fred
A Village Destroyed, May 14th, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo (co-author)
(Berkeley, Ca: University of California Press, 2002)

Albright, Madeleine
Madam Secretary (New York: Hyperion, 2003)

Barkey, Karen
Empire of Difference: the Ottomans in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008); Bandits and Bureaucrats: The Ottoman Route to State Centralization (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994)

Biberaj, Elez
Albania in Transition: The Rocky Road to Democracy (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 1999)

Bose, Sumantra
Bosnia After Dayton: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Cohen, Lenard J.
Serpent in the Bosom: The Rise and Fall of Slobodan Milošević (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 2001); Broken Bonds: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 1993)

Gagnon, V.P.
The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004)

Gorup, Radmila
In a Foreign Harbor: Essays in Honor of Vasa D. Mihailovic (co-editor) (Bloomington, In: Columbus, OH: Slavica, 2000); The Prince of Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Short Stories (co-editor) (Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998).

Halpern, Joel M.
Neighbors at War: Anthropological Perspectives on Yugoslav Ethnicity, Culture, and History (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000); A Serbian Village in Historical Perspective (co-author with Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern) (Prospect Heights, Il: Waveland Press, 1972); A Serbian Village: Social and Cultural Change in a Yugoslav Socialist Community (New York: Columbia University Press, 1956)

Holbrooke, Richard
To End a War (New York: Random House, 1998)

Lencek, Rado
Slovenes, the Eastern Alpine Slavs, and their Cultural Heritage (New York: Institute on East Central Europe, 1989); Structure and History of the Slovene Language (Columbus, OH: Slavica, 1982)

MacKenzie, David
The Serbs and Russian Pan-Slavism, 1875-1878 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1967)

Mazower, Mark
Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 (New York: Vintage, 2005); The Balkans: A Short History (New York: The Modern Library, 2000)

Mosely, Phillip E.
Communal Families in the Balkans: The Zadruga: Essays by Phillip E. Mosely and in his honor (Notre Dame, In: University of Notre Dame Press, 1976); Russian Diplomacy and the Opening of the Eastern Question in 1838 and 1839 (Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press, 1934)

Nettelfield, Lara J.
Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Hague Tribunal's Impact in a Postwar State (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Petrovich, Michael Boro
A History of Modern Serbia, Volumes I & II (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovic, 1976)

Rothschild, Joseph
Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989); East Central Europe between the Two World Wars (Seattle, Wa: University of Washington Press, 1974)

Shoup, Paul S.
The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1999); Communism and the Yugoslav National Question (New York: Columbia University Press, 1968)

Silber, Laura
Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation (co-author); (New York: TV Books, Inc., 1996)

Skendi, Stavro
Balkan Cultural Studies (New York: East European Monographs, distributed by Columbia University Press, 1980); The Albanian National Awakening, 1878-1912 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1967); Albanian and South Slavic Epic Poetry (Philadelphia, PA: American Folklore Society, 1954)

Snyder, Jack
From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict (New York: W.W. Norton, 2000)

Sullivan, Stacy
Be Not Afraid, for You Have Sons in America: How a Brooklyn Roofer Helped Lure the U.S. into the Kosovo War (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2004)

Zimmerman, Warren
Origins of a Catastrophe: Yugoslavia and its Destroyers—America’s Last Ambassador Tells What Happened and Why (New York: Times Books, 1996)