A History

9780863569593 February 2006 Paperback 504pp 52 pages of colour illustrations

About the Book

Since emerging as a settlement in the seventh century, Dubrovnik has faced Venetian aggressors, Ottoman plotters, a terrible earthquake in 1667 and, finally, the will of Napoleon. In 1991–92 the city survived the besieging Yugoslav army, which heavily damaged but did not destroy its cultural heritage.

This book is a comprehensive history of Dubrovnik’s progress over twelve centuries of European development, encompassing arts, architecture, social and economic changes, politics and the trauma of war.

About the Author

Robin Harris worked in various political and governmental capacities in the 1970s and 1980s. He is now a journalist who focuses on foreign affairs and politics, and writes extensively on the Balkans.


‘A triumph to set beside those of the great journalists.’
Michael Foot, Tribune

‘Detailed, scholarly and eminently readable, Dubrovnik is a triumph of book production. This is a splendid volume.’
Literary Review

‘Learned, fluently written and lavishly illustrated.’
The Sunday Telegraph

'There are few introductions to the city's past available ... Harris's splendid study meets this need admirably.'
Times Literary Supplement