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Balkan Anschluss

The Annexation of Montenegro and the Creation of the Common South Slavic State

by Srdja Pavlovic´

Publication Year: 2008

Balkan Anschluss tackles the thorny issue of the disappearance of Montenegro as a sovereign state in the course of and as a result of the First World War, a problem with clear contemporary relevance. In particular, Pavlovic investigates the ambiguous and often troubled relationship between two "Serb states," Montenegro and Serbia.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Title Page

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pp. 1-27

The establishment of the first common state of the South Slavs was announced in Belgrade on December 1, 1918, at the time when the map of Europe was redrawn. The new state was the product of attempts by the international community to deal with the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian...

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1. Historical Background: Poets and Warriors

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pp. 29-64

For scholars interested in Montenegro’s past, writing about its history means probing through layers of mythologized yesteryears and trying to shed more light on the question of the origins of Montenegrins. When was Montenegro first mentioned, and in what sense? ...

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2. Montenegro during World War I: Saving the Dynasty or Saving Serbdom?

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pp. 65-86

On Sunday, June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Habsburg throne and inspector general of the Armed Forces of the Habsburg Empire, visited Sarajevo. It was St. Vitus Day (Vidovdan), the 525th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, and therefore the most sacred...

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3. The King in Exile

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pp. 87-118

The Montenegrin king and his government left Cetinje on December 29, 1915, never to return. After short stays in Podgorica and Scutari, the king proceeded first to Italy and then to France. Some of Nikola’s supporters have tried to present his departure as a decision that was forced on...

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4. The Montenegrin Committee for Unification

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pp. 119-144

As related earlier, the prime minister of the Montenegrin government in exile, Andrija Radović, criticized the policies of King Nikola and resigned his post in January 1917. The Serbian prime minister, Nikola Pašić, encouraged Radović to work among the Montenegrin expatriates on...

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5. The Preparation for the Great People's Assembly in Podgorica

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pp. 145-174

By the fall of 1918, the Great Powers were in full agreement about the future of the Montenegrin state. The idea of establishing a unitary South Slav state based on the principle of self-determination of “one nation with three names” (Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes) acquired full...

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pp. 175-180

The Christmas Uprising was the most radical attempt by the supporters of independence to reverse the already completed process of the annexation of Montenegro, which was formalized by the resolution of the Great People’s Assembly of the Serbian People in Montenegro. ...

Appendix 1

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pp. 181-183

Appendix 2

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pp. 185-186

Appendix 3

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pp. 187-188


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pp. 189-206

Index [Includes Back Cover]

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pp. 207-215

E-ISBN-13: 9781612490748
E-ISBN-10: 1612490743
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557534651
Print-ISBN-10: 1557534659

Page Count: 228
Publication Year: 2008