By John K. Cox
With the outbreak of conflict within the former Yugoslavia in 1991, curiosity in Balkan background has elevated and develop into emotionally charged. This balanced and engagingly written historical past of Serbia can assist readers to appreciate the complicated internet of Serbian historical past, politics, society, and tradition and the way the Serbs have handled the various political, army, and socioeconomic demanding situations of their historical past. It makes an attempt to take away the veil of stereotypes and myths obscuring the numerous info and developmental techniques within the background of Serbia and in its relatives with its friends. as well as reading the political heritage of Serbia within the context of crucial Europe, the writer, a expert in Balkan background, indicates how societal and cultural advancements affected Serbian historical past and mirrored political and monetary events.A timeline of vital occasions within the heritage of Serbia and an introductory bankruptcy on Serbia at the present time are by means of 12 chronologically geared up narrative chapters that inform the tale of this land from the elegance of medieval Serbia to a brand new starting after the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic. 4 ancient maps, short biographies of key figures in Serbian historical past, a word list of phrases, and a bibliographic essay offer invaluable source fabric for readers. each library may still replace its number of fabrics on Serbia with this present heritage.
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In this way, too, we speak of nationalism as mostly a centrifugal and not a centripetal force in East European politics. It tended to break up the large, existing countries, which contained many national groups. The long-term goal of creating new countries was usually achieved too, but there was a great emphasis among ethnic nationalists on who was “with them” and who was “against them” usually defined in terms of ethnicity or language. Today, many Serbs feel that their country should be bigger than it is.
Cox. p. —(The Greenwood histories of the modern nations, ISSN 1096–2905) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-313-31290-7 (alk. paper) 1. Serbia—History. I. Title. II. Series. 71–dc21 2001040599 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available. Cox All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2001040599 ISBN: 0-313-31290-7 ISSN: 1096-2905 First published in 2002 Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
Furthermore, its population profile has undergone steady change since at least the 1600s, and Serbs—even before the NATO bombing campaign of 1999—are now a small minority in this important region. The majority Albanians, who call the area Kosova, have resisted Serbian administration of the region in various ways since the Turks were driven out by the Serbs in 1913. 5 million Albanians. Kosovo was the poorest part of the former Yugoslavia, despite substantial government investment in its industry; it had the lowest per capita income and highest literacy of any republic or province.