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New Perspectives on SEE

LSEE and Palgrave Macmillan Book Series

South-East Europe presents a compelling agenda: a region that has challenged European identities, values and interests like no other at formative periods of modern history, and is now undergoing a set of complex transitions.

This series examines issues of inheritance and adaptation. The disciplinary reach incorporates politics and international relations, modern history, economics and political economy and sociology. The EU is an obvious reference point for the current research on South-East Europe, but this series also highlights the importance of South-East Europe in its eastern context, the Caucasus, the Black Sea and the Middle East.

Click here| for the Macmillan webpage dedicated to the Series.  

CivilSociety&TransitionsintheWBCivil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans
Vesna Bojičič Dželilović, James Ker-Lindsay, Denisa Kostovicova
January 2013
This book examines the ambiguous role played by civil society in state-building, democratisation and post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans. In doing so, it challenges the received wisdom that civil society is always a force for good. Civil society actors have helped create the conditions for new, more constructive relations inside and between former Yugoslav countries. But, their agency has also rekindled nationalism, hindering effortsto rebuild the nation after the conflicts of the 1990s. This rigorous case-study-driven reappraisal of the ability of civil society to support progressive transformation will be a valuable resource to scholars and practitioners alike.



Health Reforms in South-East Europe
Will Bartlett, Jadranka Božikov and Bernd Rechel
September 2012
The book analyses key aspects of health reforms in South-East Europe, including primary health care, hospital care, health financing decentralization and the internal and international migration of health workers. It provides a comparative analysis of health reforms and health workforce mobility in the region, and includes contributions from Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.



The Last OttomansThe Last Ottomans
K. Featherstone; D. Papadimitriou; A. Mamarelis; G. Niarchos
January 2011
Why when faced with a brutal occupation and then a bloody civil war, did the Muslims on Greece's border with Turkey remain passive? This first in-depth historical study of the minority explores the puzzle as well as the complex patterns of identity of the minority. It is based on extensive Greek, Turkish and Bulgarian archive materials, many of which have not been analyzed before, as well as the official documents of the British and US governments and personal interviews with many of those who lived through these events. The Last Ottomans traces a fascinating, untold story and tells it through an inter-disciplinary lens, raising important questions of relevance not only to the 1940s but also to the inherited assumptions and images of today.

GreekTurkishConflictintheageanThe Greek-Turkish Conflict in the Aegean
Alexis Heraclides
July 2010
The Greek-Turkish Aegean conflict, now in its fourth decade, is a threat to the stability of the geopolitically sensitive region between Europe and Asia. This timely and balanced study examines the diplomatic history of the dispute, the various abortive attempts at settlement and its intricate legal dimension. The Aegean dispute is a complex conflict involving sovereignty, national security, oil, freedom of transit and access to islands and ports. The Greek-Turkish Conflict in the Aegean conclusively shows that these matters are not the main issues at stake, and moreover that the conflict may be resolvable. The crux of the problem is the mutual fear and suspicion deeply ingrained in historical memories.

New Perspectives on South Eastern Europe


Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle
Ayhan Aktar, Niyazi Kızılyürek, Umut Özkırımlı
February 2010
Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle is the first systematic study of nationalism in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey from a comparative perspective. Bringing scholars from Greece, Turkey and both sides of Cyprus (and beyond) together, the book provides a critical account of nation-building processes and nationalist politics in all three countries.