Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Balkans: My Attempt At '90s Retro

In preparation for a larger piece on recent developments in the Balkans, please consider the following:
  1. So, what has been happening in the Balkans since those hoary days of the early and mid 1990's when they were all the rage?
  2. Very recently (last week, in fact), Montenegro voted to become independent from Serbia. Read the details here and here.
  3. Look at this map. Using what you know (or what, in my case, you think you remember), what implications for the region spring to mind when considering that Montenegro will be an independent, sovereign state?

Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? This trip could, like most important developments, go WAY back. The Battle of Kosovo Polje, which took place in 1389, became a major issue in the conflict. Read about it here, but be aware that the link is to a page maintained by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizen.

Feel free to post your recollections of the situation and any other considerations as this is a work in progress for publication sooner rather than later.


Matt Jenks said...

This is clearly an attempt to deflect attention away from the guy named Alexander who is mustering soldiers and preparing to whip the Persians' asses. Darius I, he's gunning for you.

Okay, so MY knowledge of the Balkans goes WAY back. Sue me.

Lost A Sock said...

If your 90's retro included Vanilla Ice and ungodly amounts of hair spray, I would so be there.

(So my knowledge of the Balkans is non-existent. Sue me too.)

Matt Jenks said...

Macedonia...Montenegro...same thing. Right?