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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Croatia's Adriatic Coast

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

Balkan Ghosts, A Journey through History

by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Kaplan interweaves history, art and culture with his travels through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece in this regional portrait. (BLK02, $17.00)

A Traveller's History of Croatia

A Traveller's History of Croatia

by Benjamin Curtis

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Curtis untangles with alacrity the complex history of this nation at the crossroads of Europe. (BLK155, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

Eyewitness Guide Croatia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book offers a thorough overview of Croatia's history, traditions, cultures and sights. (BLK39, $23.00)

Croatia Coast Map

Croatia Coast Map

by Freytag & Berndt

  • 2011
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A nicely shaded map covering the Dalmatian Coast from Porec to Dubrovnik at a scale of 1:200,000, perfect for the complex coastline. (BLK17, $14.95)

 
Bradt Guide Croatia

Bradt Guide Croatia


by Piers Letcher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This convenient guide in the excellent British series covers Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik in excellent, personable detail. Fifth edition. (BLK55, $23.99)

Bradt Mini Guide Dubrovnik

Bradt Mini Guide Dubrovnik


by Piers Letcher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A helpful, condensed guide to the city in the popular Bradt series. (BLK46, $13.99)

Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast

Eyewitness Top Ten Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps. (BLK83, $14.00)

Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Croatian Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (BLK147, $8.99)

Visible Cities Dubrovnik

Visible Cities Dubrovnik


by Annabel Barber

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

An informative, personable guide to exploring the city and surroundings, featuring a good overview of the history of Dubrovnik, suggested walking tours, a map of the city center and practical advice on where to go and what to do. (BLK40, $24.95)

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia


by Rebecca West | Christopher Hitchens

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 1181 PAGES

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. (BLK04, $27.00)

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas

City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas


by Roger Crowley

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

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. (MED185, $18.00)

Croatia, A Nation Forged in War

Croatia, A Nation Forged in War


by Marcus Tanner

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A modern history of Croatia, from its medieval origins to Nazi occupation to the present day, written by the British correspondent who reported from the region during the events of 1993. (BLK23, $25.00)

Dubrovnik, A History

Dubrovnik, A History


by Robin Harris

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 503 PAGES

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. (BLK56, $26.95)

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans

Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans


by Dennis Hupchick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

The changing borders and complex history of the Balkans are clearly and concisely shown through 50 double-page maps and accompanying essays, organized chronologically. (BLK41, $22.00)

The Balkans in World History

The Balkans in World History


by Andrew Wachtel

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A professor at Northwestern University, Wachtel focuses on the traditions and contributions of overlapping cultures in this lively short history. (BLK142, $19.95)

The Balkans, A Short History

The Balkans, A Short History


by Mark Mazower

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

With eloquence and clarity, Mazower addresses issues of geography, nationalism and nation in this indispensable survey. (BLK28, $15.00)

Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation

Yugoslavia, Death of a Nation


by Laura Silber | Allan Little

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 403 PAGES

Called "one of the finest volumes to come out of the war" by the New York Times, this book combines eyewitness reports, political commentary and documentary photographs to elucidate the origins and aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia. (BLK03, $17.00)

Zagreb, A Cultural History

Zagreb, A Cultural History


by Celia Hawkesworth

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

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. (BLK113, $15.00)

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Early Christian and Byzantine Art


by John Lowden

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

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. (EUR23, $29.95)

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed


by Slavenka Drakulic

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 227 PAGES

These short essays capture the absurdity, struggle and day-to-day reality of being a woman in Yugoslavia under communism. Drakulic is an award-winning Croatian journalist and novelist. (BLK38, $15.99)

The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage

The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage


by Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

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. (ITL70, $24.95)

Montenegro, A Novel

Montenegro, A Novel


by Starling Lawrence

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

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 essences of the people and the land. (BLK08, $14.99)

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina


by Ivo Andric | Lovette F. Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

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. (BLK59, $15.00)

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