Pettifer, James 1949–

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Pettifer, James 1949–

(James Milward Pettifer)


Born April 6, 1949, in Hereford, England; son of John (a company director) and Jeanne Mary (a homemaker) Pettifer; married Susan Ann Comely (an administrator), June 6, 1974; children: Julia, Alexander. Ethnicity: "White male." Education: Hertford College, Oxford, M.A. (with honors), 1971; attended Free University of West Berlin, 1972-73. Politics: Green. Religion: Church of England. Hobbies and other interests: Gardening, smoking cigars, travel in the Balkan countries.


Home—Bath, England. Agent—Curtis Brown, 28/9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, England. E-mail—[email protected]


Oxford University, Oxford, England, Leverhulme research fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, 1991-92, senior member of St. Antony's College, 1992; University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria, research associate of Institute of Balkan Studies, 1992-93; Institute of Balkan Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece, visiting professor, 1996-2001; Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, England, professor, 2000—. University of Bath, research fellow, 1999; U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, honorary member of social sciences department, 2003; University of Birmingham, honorary fellow, 2004—; State University of Tetovo, Macedonia, visiting professor, 2006—; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Stanley J. Seeger research fellow, 2007; guest lecturer at other institutions. Specialist on Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey; commentator on the Balkans and Turkey for media networks, including Cable News Network, British Broadcasting Corp., Aljazeera International, and other outlets; consultant to government agencies in England and elsewhere. Member of editorial board, Albania Life, 1992-98; Liria Publishing, member of supervisory board.


Royal Institute for International Affairs.


The Greeks: The Land and the People since the War, Viking (New York, NY), 1993.

Blue Guide to Albania, A. and C. Black (London, England), 1993, Norton (New York, NY), 1994, 2nd edition, 1996.

(With Miranda Vickers) Albania: From Anarchy to Balkan Identity, Hurst and Co. (London, England), 1996, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1997.

Blue Guide to Bulgaria, Norton (New York, NY), 1997.

(Editor) The Turkish Labyrinth, Viking (New York, NY), 1997.

(Editor) The New Macedonian Question, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1999.

Blue Guide to Albania and Kosovo, Norton (New York, NY), 2001.

A Concept for a New Reality: Dialogue with Hashim Thaci (in English and Albanian), Prishtina, Albania, 2001.

Kosova Express (memoir), University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 2005.

(With Miranda Vickers) The Albanian Question: Igniting the Balkans, I.B. Tauris (New York, NY), 2005.

(With Julia Pettifer) Butrint: Environs and the Southern Albanian Coast; A Visitors Guide, Botimet Toena (Tirana, Albania), 2006.

(With Sherry Marker) Blue Guide to Greece: Mainland, 7th edition, Norton (New York, NY), 2006.

(Editor, with Mentor Nazarko) Strengthening Religious Tolerance for a Secure Civil Society in Albania and the Southern Balkans, IOS Press (Washington, DC), 2007.

Contributor to books, including Greece and Europe in the Modern Period, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College, London, 1995; Greece in a Changing Europe, Manchester University Press, 1996; Experimenting with Democracy: Regime Changes in the Balkans, Routledge, 1999; and Kosovo: Myths, Conflict, and War, Keele European Research Centre, Keele University, 1999. Columnist for Wall Street Journal, 1993-96; correspondent from the Balkans, Times (London, England). Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including International Affairs, World Today, South Slav Journal, and Economist.

Some of Pettifer's books have been published in other languages, including Albanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, and Norwegian.


James Pettifer told CA: "I am primarily motivated by love for the history and culture of southeastern Europe. My original influences were through ancient history and classical literature in Latin and Greek, which are still important in the background. I lost friends and acquaintances in the ex-Yugoslav wars between 1991 and 2000, and I suppose a major influence is the felt need to try to understand that history, why these tragic and bloody conflicts took place, and what the real history of the region is based upon."



Pettifer, James, Kosova Express, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 2005.