Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Croatia
Author: Benjamin Curtis
Description: Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe.
Art of the Byzantine Era
Author: David Talbot Rice
Description: Wide-ranging and literate, this thoroughly illustrated introduction to Byzantine art is an indispensable classic.
Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Description: Kaplan interweaves the history, art and culture of Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece with his travels in this portrait of the region.
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia
Author: Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction)
Description: First published in 1941, this monumental work explores the complex history of Yugoslavia, its heroes, politics and culture. It's a big, challenging book -- some call it the best ever written on the Balkans.
Bradt Mini Guide Dubrovnik
Author: Piers Letcher
Description: A helpful, condensed guide to the city in the popular Bradt series.
Croatia Coast Map
Author: Freytag & Berndt
Description: A nicely shaded map covering the Dalmatian Coast from Porec to Dubrovnik at a scale of 1:200,000, perfect for the complex coastline.
Croatia, A Nation Forged in War
Author: Marcus Tanner
Description: A modern history of Croatia from its medieval origins to Nazi occupation through to the present day by a British correspondent, who reported from the region during the events of 1993.
Croatia, Through Writers' Eyes
Author: Barnaby Rogerson (Editor)
Description: This collection of stories, tales and travel narratives illuminates the history and culture of Croatia. Including contributions by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell and Fitzroy MacLean.
Dubrovnik, A History
Author: Robin Harris
Description: Harris, a journalist who writes frequently on the Balkans, presents a comprehensive portrait of the historically important maritime city-state in this nicely illustrated, scholarly and readable history of Dubrovnik.
Eyewitness Guide Croatia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights.
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
Author: Slavenka Drakulic
Description: These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under Communism. Drakulic is a Croatian journalist, novelist and contributing editor at The Nation.
Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet Publications
Description: A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Montenegro, A Novel
Author: Starling Lawrence
Description: Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turk and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of a reluctant British spy, Harwell Auberon, from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essence of the people and the land.
Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans
Author: Dennis Hupchick
Description: The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans, clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically.
The Balkans, A Short History
Author: Mark Mazower
Description: A brief, provocative survey of the complex and often contentious history of the Balkans. With eloquence and insight, Mazower addresses the issues of geography, nationalism and modern nation-building in the region.
The Bridge on the Drina
Author: Ivo Andric, Lovette F. Edwards (Translator)
Description: These linked stories by the Nobel-prize winning author capture the history and complexity of Christian and Muslim relations during Ottoman occupation. Hewn of stone, the bridge dividing the town of Visegrad was Andric's inspiration.
The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage
Author: Jan Morris
Description: Morris reconstructs the whole of the glittering dominion of the Venetian Republic in this evocative account of a journey by sea along historic trade routes to the Adriatic and beyond.
Zagreb, A Cultural History
Author: Celia Hawkesworth
Description: An illuminating account of the tumultuous but vibrant history of Croatia's capital, with a strong focus on the art and architecture of the city.