Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020 to My Readers!

As we turn a momentous corner from December into a whole new decade, I wanted to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to you, the reader. I’m grateful for everyone who has taken the time to read an article, buy a book or attend an event in which I have spoken over the years, and am continually at work to publish even more entertaining, edifying and illuminating writing, It’s not always easy, but it is always rewarding. So thanks again for your continued support, and may 2020 be full of spectacular success and growth.

  If you missed it, here’s a special new page devoted to a key aspect of my work: major speaking engagements, conferences and other teaching activities that I have conducted over the past 15 or so years in Europe and the US. I will continue to participate in such events in 2020. Click here to see the page.

Now, the new book…

 

Upcoming! An academic book for July 2020: I am happy to report the completion of my new book, entitled History of Croatia and Slovenia (Greenwood). Following final layout it will be available in early summer 2000 to readers worldwide.

This accessible yet comprehensive textbook provides readers curious about these neighboring Adriatic countries with a solid introduction to the political history that led to their development: the key events that shaped these nations, from Roman and medieval times to the birth of nationalism, Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav iterations.

In this light, an added benefit of the book is the amount of peripheral historical introduction readers get to the civilizations, kingdoms and empires that interacted with the proto-Slovenes and Croats. Everyone from the Goths and Avars to the Byzantines, Ottomans and Habsburgs are encountered in my retelling, as well as some of the lesser-known but important actors, such as the swashbuckling Narentine pirates of the Adriatic.

Of course, a good amount of coverage is reserved for modern Croatia and Slovenia (during and after the two Yugoslavias), and all of this history is presented in the context of the 19th century ‘Illyrian Movement’ for South Slavic unity, the mortal showdown between communism and royalism, the wars of the 1990s. The book’s final chapter concludes by bringing the reader up to speed on what has happened in Croatia and Slovenia since the wars and independence from Yugoslavia, including political affairs, social and economic trends, emerging attitudes to global issues like the environment, and the unusually prominent place these two relatively small countries continue to play in popular culture, music and sport internationally.

 Read my study of Europe’s migration crisis to understand EU elections and America’s migration crisis on the Mexico border: the current drama of ‘caravans’ of migrants traveling from Central America through Mexico in organized groups bound for the US border has sparked a spirited debate over border control and security.

Many lessons applicable to this current scenario can be gleaned from my 2017 study of the European migration crisis- from how European countries handled the crisis to long-term outlooks for economic, political and security developments. The study, which has provided considerable food for thought for officials and academics alike, also provides useful context for a seminal 2019 European Parliament election season in which the relative success of nationalist and populist parties may have serious effects for overall EU policies regarding migration.

Click here to get the book- Migration, Terrorism and the Duture of a Divided Europe: a Continent Transformed (Praeger Security International).

 

Readers keen on Balkan intrigue and espionage, with a dash of satire (and more than a bit of tragedy) will enjoy my new novel, The Macedonia Deception, which brings together 19th-century ideology with 21st-century technology to create a mosf compelling anachronism…

In the book, a small group of patriots revives a century-old secret organization with the help of a Jewish WWII survivor and IRA fugitive.

Known as the Internal Organization for the Liberation of Macedonia, the group disrupts, harasses and eliminates foreign adversaries intent on forcing the country to change its name and identity. However, the dueling interests of other shadow actors create the conditions for a steady escalation of anarchic outcomes, driving the story to its dizzying, brutal climax.

Click here to buy The Macedonia Deception on Amazon Kindle

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Click here for The Macedonia Deception- main information page, with general descriptions and further information.