The Balkans: From the Beginning to the End
- Author: Russian and East European Institute
- Number of episodes: 1
- Web site: http://www.indiana.edu/~reeiweb/events/2008/WachtelLecture.pdf
The Balkans can be defined as that borderland geographical space in which four of the world's greatest civilizations overlapped in a sustained and meaningful way to produce a complex, dynamic, sometimes combustible, multilayered local civilization. It is the space in which the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, of Byzantium, of Ottoman Turkey, and of Roman Catholic Europe met, clashed and sometimes combined.