New Projects and Books

I’m happy to announce the creation of a special new page devoted specifically to a key aspect of my work, that I had previously forgotten to add.

Thus, here is a new page that lists some of the major speaking engagements, conferences and other teaching activities that I have conducted over the past 15 or so years in Europe and the United States. Click here to see the page.

A stylized rendition of the symbol of the Counts of Celje (Cilli), the most important of the medieval Slovenian noble families that controlled large parts of today’s Slovenia. Aspects of the insignia were incorporated into the first banner of the Royalist Yugoslavia, after Slovenia made the fateful decision to join the pan-Slavic national project.

 Upcoming academic book for 2020: I am presently working on research for a new book entitled History of Croatia and Slovenia (Greenwood). This accessible yet comprehensive volume will provide readers curious about these neighboring Adriatic countries with a solid introduction to they key events and developments that shaped these nations, from Roman and medieval times to the birth of nationalism, Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav iterations.

So far, researching the book has been a fascinating mix of old recollections from my days of studying Byzantine history at Oxford, and new discoveries such as the Narentine pirates, crafty General Subutai of the Golden Horde, and the Hungarian king’s “Order of the Dragon.” Fantastic stuff, and I’m not even out of the Middle Ages yet.

Other chapters to be completed in the future include tales of Habsburg glory, the long war against the Turks, and of course the South Slavic nationalist movements, World War I, World War II, times of Tito and the post-Yugoslav reorientation to the West in both countries.

 

 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.

In it, 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.