The following map was published
by National Geographic Vol. 178, No.2, August
1990 , less than a year before the civil wars
broke in ex-Yugoslavia, on page 105. The front page of the August issue
Yugoslavia, A House Much Divided
The above map was designed
by the National Geographic Society Cartographic Division.
Design: Bob Pratt
Research: Ross M. Emerson
Production: John L. Beeson, James E. McClelland, Jr.
Map Editor: Jon A. Sayre, Sr.
Consultants: George W. Hoffman, Charles Jelavich [a Croat]
(N.G.) NOTE: Colors represent
areas where an ethnic nationality constitutes 50% or more of the population.
What should you note on the
- The Serbs, here presented
in light green, are majority population over large portions of Bosnia (in
1990) as well as large portions of Tito designed "Croatia".
- Future "Bosniacs"
(here simply "Muslims") - are, at last,
presented at all as a separate "nationality". On the map
they are presented in brown. They are majority population only in a small
discontinuous portion of Bosnia, and in part of Serbia. Why was ENTIRE
Bosnia-Hercegovina given to their control?
- The white areas, according
to the map, are areas with "No predominant ethnic group". Note
that those include:
These were exacly places of heavy battles between different ethnic groups.
Also, the battles raged at the places of contact between majority area
- Last but not least: The ethnic
map of Yugoslavia was not secret. Here we see it in a public publication
accessible to anyone interested. Those (thousands) of Western media people
that repeated over and over that the Serbs "occupied", "conquered",
"landgrabbed" portions of Croatia, Bosnia - had to know that
they were involved in pure propaganda.
The above presented map was
accompanied by a short history of the area. We will provide excerpts from
a few (Quote:)
(Province): To dilute Serbian hegemony, President Tito (1953 to
1980) promoted greater self-rule for the provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo,
although they remanined subordinate to the Republic of Serbia. Though the
Serbs are the largest group in Vojvodina, ethnic Hungarians constitute
a large minority.
(Province): The hearland of medieval Serbia - dirt poor but mineral
rich - Kosovo is home to some 1.7 million ethnic Albanians. Predominantly
Islamic in faith, they are Yugoslavia's fastest growing population and
a source of enmity to Serbian nationalists who view Kosovo as a kind of
Serbs make up 40 percent of Yugoslavia's population. Determined to maintain
national unity... Serbs revere the memory of their 14th-century emperor,
Stefan Dus"an, who extended Serbian rule in the Balkans. Fierce fighters,
the Serbs defied Turkish control and preserved the Serbian Orthodox faith
through centuries of occupation.
Once part of the Serbian empire, this isolated mountainous kingdom gained
fame as a sanctuary for Serbian freedom fighters after the Battle of Kosovo
Field. For centuries... Montenegro maintained its autonomy during the Ottoman
and HERCEGOVINA: Religious mavericks, Bosnians once included the
wrath of popes by following a heretical sect as Bogomils. Later they and
the people of Hercegovina provided the largest number of Slavic converts
to Islam during Ottoman rule. Muslims were recognized as an ethnic nationality
[by Tito's Communists] in 1969. Today the republic is 40 percent Islamic.
...Balkan brew of Slavs... Serbian(!!!) Macedonia became a republic when
the modern Yugoslav state was formed [for the second time - by the Communists]
One of the "peasant nations" of the Habsburg empire... Through
the centuries its cities were outposts of German culture. That the Slovene
language was preserved is a tribute to continued use by the peasant population
and Roman Catholic clerics.
...flourished in 10th and 11th centuries, after which it was dominated
by the Hungarian kingdom.
OUR NOTE: The country
of Yugoslavia was formed in 1918. Its first name was the "Kingdom
of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes". Those three nations were the constituent
nations of Yugoslavia. Thus, they have the right to (using peaceful
means) negotiate leaving the union.
of Kosovo are NOT constituent nation of Yugoslavia. They are minority
in the true sense of the term. To make a precedent and give Albanians of
Kosovo "right" to secede would open a whole new Pandora's box
in the international relationships.
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May 3, 1998