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By Fred Singleton

There are few international locations in Europe which include inside of a space as small because the British Isles this kind of number of usual environments and cultures as Yugoslavia. This e-book presents a survey of the historical past of the South Slav peoples who got here jointly on the finish of the 1st global conflict to shape the 1st Yugoslav country, and who emerged from the chaos of the second one global conflict to develop into voters of a socialist federal republic, led through the Communist occasion below the management of Marshal Tito. starting in Roman occasions, the publication 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 lower than President Tito.

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As the legendary Kraljevic Marko, he became the hero of a cycle of popular ballads, embodying all the heroic and tragic characteristics of the Serbian people. Marko served with the sultan's army, as did other Serbs who accepted the status of tributary princes, including Prince Lazar's son, Stephen Lazarevic. The ruler of the much reduced Serbian state was Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic. Aware of the danger from the Turks, he attempted to create alliances with his northern and western neighbours, the Bosnians, the Hungarians, the Croats, the Ragusans, the Venetians and the Albanians.

Dusan's ambition led him to aspire to the throne of Byzantium. The z6 The early Slav kingdoms empire was in a state of decline which had begun with the havoc wrought in 1204 by the Fourth Crusade and was made worse by internal conflicts. Between 1341 and 1343 Dusan gave his support to a claimant to the Byzantine throne, John Cantacuzenus, whose daughter married the Ottoman ruler Orhan. After Dusan's agreement with Cantacuzenus broke down, the Byzantines called on the Ottoman Turks to assist them in holding the Serbs at bay.

Although Muslims in some areas paid cizye, the burden of this tax bore most heavily on the Christians, who were required to pay for every male of twelve years of age on a sliding scale, according to his assessed wealth. The justification for the discrimination between Muslim and nonMuslim was that the latter were not usually drafted into the army and were therefore required to contribute in cash towards their defence. 5 per cent of the harvest. For example, a tax was levied in fodder crops, to pay for the upkeep of the spahis' horses.

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