Misha Glenny (born 1958) is a British journalist and specialist on Eastern and Southeastern Europe. He was formerly a correspondent for the BBC, and is the author of The Rebirth of History: Eastern Europe in the Age of Democracy (1990), The Fall of Yugoslavia (1992), and The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804-1999 (1999). In 1993 he won a Sony Award for his coverage of the break-up of Yugoslavia for the BBC World Service. He is the son of the academic Michael Glenny. Current division of Europe into five (or more) regions: one definition of Eastern Europe is marked in orange Eastern Europe as a region has several alternative definitions, whereby it can denote: the region lying between the variously and vaguely defined areas of Central Europe and Russia. ... The Balkans is the historic and geographic name used to describe southeastern Europe (see the Definitions and boundaries section below). ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest publicly-funded radio and television broadcasting corporation of the United Kingdom (see British television) and the world. ... Official language Serbo-Croatian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Bosnian, Macedonian Capital Belgrade Largest city Belgrade Area (1991) - Total - % water Ranked xxst 255,804 kmÂ² Negligible Population - Total (2004) - Density Ranked xxth 20,522,972 80/kmÂ² Currency Yugoslav dinar Time zone - in summer CET (UTC+1) CEST (UTC+2) National anthem... World Service logo The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters of radio programming, transmitting in 33 languages to around 150 million people throughout the world. ... Michael Valentine Glenny (26 September 1927 London - 1 August 1990 Moscow) was a British lecturer in Russian studies and a noted translator of Russian literature into English. ...
I last saw MishaGlenny when he was invited to speak at a conference held at the Yale Law School in November 1996 to mark the first anniversary of the Dayton peace accord.
Glenny scarcely concealed his contempt for his audience; having apparently taken little trouble to prepare his speech, he addressed them as a bored and malevolent schoolteacher might a class of moronic children, most starkly when, wagging his finger, he declared: 'I'm now going to talk about history.
The explanation Glenny invariably gave for his stance was that Serbia was capable of a 'ferocious military response' to the slightest recalcitrance on the West's part: the latter had no choice but to dance to Milosevic's tune.
Among old Balkan hands, MishaGlenny rejoices in the nickname `Misha Gloomy' - not because he is a particularly saturnine character, but because he has spent much of the last decade predicting disasters that never happened.
On the other hand, Glenny on the present is often worth reading: he writes well, putting to good use the skills of atmospheric description and epigrammatic summary which he acquired as a BBC radio reporter.
MishaGlenny has not gone to the archives either, and although he has given himself more than 700 pages for the period since 1804, his coverage of the material is patchy.
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