The Balkan Peninsula,
Laveleye, Emile de, 1822-1892. , Thorpe, Mary, Mrs., tr.
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AT a moment when all eyes are turned with interest to the spectacle of the new life of the nationalities of the Balkan Peninsula, no introduction is needed for any narrative of observation of events and personalities there, and, least of all when the observer, as is the case with M. de Laveleye, adds to a very varied experience as a traveller, a world-wide reputation as an economist and political philosopher. Indeed, although M. de Laveleye's second journey through the Balkans is so recent, many of the predictions in the following pages have already passed into the category of accomplished facts.

To M. de Laveleye himself, I have to tender my best thanks for his permission again to present one of his works to the English public, and also for the care with which he has revised it in its new form. I have also to thank Mr. Henry Norman for indicating the excisions by which the two volumes of the original French narrative might best be reduced to the compass of the present one.

In a work containing a multitude of unfamiliar proper names, many of them of disputed spelling and some of them of disputed meaning, I cannot hope to have avoided errors. I have endeavoured to follow the best authorities, and I can only ask for a lenient judgment in the matter of transliteration, upon which scholars are so little agreed.


January, 1887.
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