The Balkans in the Cold War

  • Svetozar Rajak
  • Konstantina E. Botsiou
  • Eirini Karamouzi
  • Evanthis Hatzivassiliou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. The Balkans and the Creation of the Cold War Order

  3. Military Alliances and the Balkans

  4. Uneasy Relations with the Superpowers

  5. Balkan Dilemmas in the 1970s and 1980s and the ‘Significant Other’: The EEC

  6. Identity, Culture, Ideology

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. Odd Arne Westad
      Pages 355-362
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 363-372

About this book


Positioned on the fault line between two competing Cold War ideological and military alliances, and entangled in ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, the Balkan region offers a particularly interesting case for the study of the global Cold War system. This book explores the origins, unfolding and impact of the Cold War on the Balkans on the one hand, and the importance of regional realities and pressures on the other.  Fifteen contributors from history, international relations, and political science address a series of complex issues rarely covered in one volume, namely the Balkans and the creation of the Cold War order; Military alliances and the Balkans; uneasy relations with the Superpowers; Balkan dilemmas in the 1970s and 1980s and the ‘significant other’ – the EEC; and identity, culture and ideology. The book’s particular contribution to the scholarship of the Cold War is that it draws on extensive multi-archival research of both regional and American, ex-Soviet and Western European archives.


Warsaw Pact NATO national communism Yugoslavia Non-alignment

Editors and affiliations

  • Svetozar Rajak
    • 1
  • Konstantina E. Botsiou
    • 2
  • Eirini Karamouzi
    • 3
  • Evanthis Hatzivassiliou
    • 4
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of the PeloponneseCorinthGreece
  3. 3.University of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.University of AthensAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-43901-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-43903-1
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