Geopolitical and Economic Changes in the Balkan Countries

Geopolitical and Economic Changes in the Balkan Countries

Geopolitical and Economic Changes in the Balkan Countries

Geopolitical and Economic Changes in the Balkan Countries

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The Balkan Peninsula, which is known as the powder keg of Europe, has been the battleground of different cultures, ethnicities, religions, economic institutions, and peoples, mainly because of its location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. As a natural bridge between Europe and the Middle East, it has had great economic and geopolitical importance from antiquity to the present time.

Throughout history, the Balkan countries, that is, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia, have largely been influenced by many ethnic, economic, religious, and political elements of the big neighboring countries and other nations. From the ancient times, the Hellenes (or Greeks), the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and currently the European Union, the Russians, the Arab countries, and the Americans exercise a strong influence on the Balkan countries that may affect developments in Europe and, perhaps, in the whole world.

Although many efforts have been made for closer cooperation among themselves, nationalistic and religious differences frequently lead the Balkan peoples to severe conflicts, also drawing other nations into wars at times. Recent economic and political reforms and the problems created from the split of the former Yugoslavia led again to ethnic and religious disturbances and the involvement of other countries and the United Nations.

There are all kinds of economic, sociocultural, and ethnic varieties and diversities in the Balkan countries, and it is difficult for a book to encompass . . .

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