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By Fred Singleton

There are few nations in Europe which comprise inside of a space as small because the British Isles this type of number of ordinary environments and cultures as Yugoslavia. This ebook offers a survey of the background of the South Slav peoples who got here jointly on the finish of the 1st global conflict to shape the 1st Yugoslav state, and who emerged from the chaos of the second one international conflict to turn into electorate of a socialist federal republic, led through the Communist celebration below the management of Marshal Tito. starting in Roman occasions, the e-book strains the increase and fall of the medieval Slav principalities, the dominance of the Ottoman and Habsburg empires, the proclamation of the dominion of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918, the disastrous results of the German profession and the construction of a brand new socialist order below President Tito.

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It has been suggested that the rapid increase in the Muslim population during this period cannot be attributed to the mass conversion of Bogomils, as the greatest increases were recorded in the areas where Bogomils were fewer in number, especially in the towns. Nevertheless, the Bosnian Church gradually disappeared and a native-born, Slav-speaking Muslim aristocracy came into existence. 5 million Muslims in modern Bosnia, who are listed in the Yugoslav census as 'Muslims of ethnic origin', are the descendants of those early converts.

The early history of the Croats is obscure. References in the work of Constantine Porphyrogenitus, written in the tenth century, indicate that they were settled in Dalmatia in his time and had probably been there for two hundred years. An inscription on a stone at Nin, dating from the end of the tenth century, refers to a Slav prince ('Slavenski Knez'). Nin, which lies on a sheltered bay 20 km north of Zadar, was the seat of the first Croatian bishopric and was under the authority of the Patriarch of Aquileia, which indicates that Christianity came to the Croats from the west.

The Poles looked back to two periods of greatness - the kingdom of the Piasts, which disintegrated in the twelfth century, and that of the Jagiellonians under whose rule Poland's frontiers were extended from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The Magyars drew inspiration from the history of the kingdom established by St Stephen (Istvan) in AD 1000. The South Slav nationalists of the nineteenth century could also boast of medieval greatness under Slav rulers. For them, however, there was no single champion who had forged a South Slav empire which flourished before the arrival of the alien invaders, for until 1918 the Yugoslav peoples had never been united in a single state.

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