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Book: Serbia, Montenegro and the “Albanian Question”, 1878−1912, 2015

One of the crucial problems in historiography of the Balkans from 1878 to 1912 is the projects about the creation of an independent Albania (proclaimed as an independent in Valona on November 28th, 1912). More specifically, historians tried to explain interests of the Great European Powers to legitimise and protect Albania from the possible its partition between the Balkan allies of Serbia, Montenegro and Greece. However, the position, interests and attitudes of the Balkan allies themselves were marginally analysed. […]

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Croatia’s NATO President

For almost two millennia, Zagreb has existed under alliances with Roman, Byzantine, Hungarian, Venetian, Hungarian, and Yugoslavian leadership. During World War II, the Nazis and Axis powers created the Independent State of Croatia under the leadership of an Ustaše government led by Ante Pavelić. Between 1941 and 1944, thirteen concentration camps were built to “cleanse” Croatia and assist the Nazi government in their Final Solution. After the war, Yugoslavia was consolidated under Josep Broz Tito, and shattered again by civil war during the Milosevic government after the break up of the Soviet Union. […]

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How China’s “Balkans Silk Road” Could Resurrect Russia’s South Stream

One of the central tenets of the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership is that where one goes, the other follows, and this is certainly expected to be the case in the Balkans with the Beijing-built Silk Road railway that will connect Greece to Hungary. Russia has a unique opportunity to revive the South Stream pipeline (to complement the LNG facility in Turkey) by snaking it across Greece and Macedonia along the Balkan Silk Road and onwards to the Serbian hub that it was originally anticipated to connect to before the project was scrapped. […]

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Dismantling Former Yugoslavia, Recolonizing Bosnia-Herzegovina

As heavily-armed US and NATO troops enforced the peace in Bosnia, the press and politicians alike portrayed Western intervention in the former Yugoslavia as a noble, if agonizingly belated, response to an outbreak of ethnic massacres and human rights violations. In the wake of the November 1995 Dayton peace accords, the West was eager to touch up its self-portrait as savior of the Southern Slavs and get on with “the work of rebuilding” the newly “sovereign states.” [CONTINUE READING]

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