It describes the differing conditions experienced under Ottoman and Habsburg rule, but the main emphasis is on the national movements, their successes and failures to 1900, and the place of events in the Balkans in the international relations of the day.
^Barbara JelavichHistory of the Balkans, Vol. 1: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Joint Committee on Eastern Europe Publication Series), Cambridge University Press. Amazon. ISBN 9780521274586 (revised Dec 2014)
Although published in the late 1980s with no updated editions in later years, Jelavich's masterful "History of the Balkans" is still by far the best introduction to contemporary Balkan history. This first volume traces the developments among the various Balkan peoples as they moved into modernity and formed independent nation states. Jelavich begins with a short and very informative introduction to Balkan history up to the end of the 17th century, i.e. the time when Ottoman power in the region seriously beg..