Friday, September 11, 2009

National Geographic Article on Serbia

So does an obsession with the past, which for Serbs is a narrative of national suffering and valor. "Small peoples are often the victims of in­jus­tice," reflects Dragoljub Micunovic, an oppo­sition figure during the Milosevic years and now a high-ranking Democrat. Micunovic cites the 1908 annexation of Bosnia (home to many Serbs) by Austria-Hungary. Though outraged, Serbia was forced to accede. But in 1914 Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip struck back, assas­sinating the Austrian crown prince in Sarajevo and spark­ing World War I. Half of Serbia's military-age male population may have died in the war, but the offending empire was obliterated, and in today's Serbia, Princip is a hero. FULL ARTICLE