The following map was published
by The Times "Atlas of World History", Edition 1978
(13 years before the civil wars broke in ex-Yugoslavia), on page 214. The
subtitle of the map says:
Languages, peoples and political
divisions of Europe
[1800 to 1914]
Presented here is the part
of the map that clearly shows where new country of Yugoslavia will be formed
after World War One.
What should you note on the
- How do Croatian ethnic teritories
compare to the Serbian ones?
- Macedonian Slavs are presented
here (in cross-hair). They take less than half space than the "Macedonians"
- The real puzzle is: Where
are "Bosniaks"? The authors of this map obviously do not
recognize Bosnian Muslims as a separate nation. It was 1978
when this book and the map in it was issued. You will find the answer to
where the "Bosniaks" are on other maps presented on this site.
So, what was
the rest of Europe like in 1914?
Here is the entire map.
Ethnic disposition of peoples
do not change easily. The ethic disposition of Serbs and Croats did not
change despite the horrors of World War One and Two. But what was not possible
during Hitler's was accomplished during Bill Clinton's New World Order.
Thanks to NATO Serbs lost at least half of their
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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December 12, 1997