Balkan Strongmen

Dictators and Authoritarian Rulers of Southeast Europe

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November 2006 9781850658283 500pp
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Authoritarian leaders such as Enver Hoxha, Todor Zhivkov, Tito and Slobodan Milosevic are part of a time-honoured tradition of Balkan dictatorship that saw the domination of some of the most colourful but also brutal leaders of twentieth century, among them the wartime Croatian fascist Ante Pavlevic and Nicolae Ceausescu. Royal absolutists from the interwar period-Zog of Albania, Alexander of Yugoslavia and Carol II of Romania-and the Greek General Metaxas (1930s) and Colonel Papadopoulos (1967-74) are included. This book brings these and lesser-known ‘strongmen’ to life, providing fascinating insights into the personalities and examining political oppression, the cult of personality and the historical impact of dictatorship on South-Eastern Europe.


Bernd J. Fischer is Professor of Balkan History and chair of the Department of History at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and author of Albania at War, 1939-1945 (1999).

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