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.
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.
City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas
Author: Roger Crowley
Description: Crowley spins tales of three centuries of plunder and plague, imperial conquest and piracy in this riveting new history, chronicling the transformation of a tiny city of lagoon dwellers into the richest place on earth. City of Fortune is framed by two of the great collisions of world history: the ill-fated Fourth Crusade -- culminating in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 -- and the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499-1503.
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.
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.
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Author: John Lowden
Description: An illustrated guide to the architectural heritage of the early Christian period (860-1453), with a survey of the philosophy and intellectual climate of the time.
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.
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.
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.
Venice, Pure City
Author: Peter Ackroyd
Description: Ackroyd's evocative, novelistic portrait of the city captures the spirit of the canals, markets and festivals, the merchants, artisans, scandals and seductions that have made Venice forever fascinating.