Anka Obrenovińá, who was also called Ana, was self-confident and fearless. ¬†She loved her last name and luxury. ¬†Because of her love of Viennese fashion, she was nicknamed “Anka Pomodarka”. ¬†She was killed in 1868 in the Topńćider forest during the assassination of Mihailo Obrenovińá, and it is little known that she tried to protect …

  • June 11, 2021
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Rebellions against the Ottoman Empire were not solely the province of the Christian Ottoman subjects. ¬†On 29 March 1831 an army of Bosnian subjects, 1/3 of them Christian, marched toward the Ottoman headquarters in Travnik. ¬†At its head was the son of a Bosnian noble family, the Captain of Gradańćac, Husein GradaŇ°ńćevińá, the Dragon of …

  • March 29, 2021
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The history of the Balkans is rife with the arguments of other nations playing out amongst the Slavic nations of south-west Europe. ¬†Nowhere is this illustrated better than through the events of the 1800s. ¬† As Russia became increasingly able to turn away from the endless wars of the Caucasus, the Balkans of the retreating …

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The best way to explain a thing tends to be the simplest – and the rise of memes have presented history with an unprecedented opportunity to get to the “truthiness” of historical situations. ¬† Thus we can explain the four hundred+ year rivalry between Austria and Russia in the Balkans this way: Of course, the …

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The Balkans has always been a point of contention between the East and the West, and although the various incarnations of Hungary, Austria, and Austria-Hungary tended to dominate next to the advancing Ottoman Army, Russia was always nipping at the edges and creating leverage with the large number of Orthodox Slavs in Central Europe.¬† That …

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The last thousand years of Balkan history is a tale of three powers pulling on the limbs of an infant, as in the Biblical parable of Solomon‚Äôs wisdom.¬† The Balkan baby is yanked first toward Austria, then toward Russia, and all the while the Ottoman Empire is pulling steadily on its legs. ¬†The arguments between …

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When King Cetshwayo died on 8 February 1884, the circumstances were suspicious. ¬†Officially his death was due to a heart attack, but not even the British ¬†representatives who observed his autopsy could agree on whether or not the last independent king of the Zulu had been poisoned. Cetshwayo’s life was remarkable in many ways. ¬†His …

  • February 8, 2021
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At break of day a signal of three smacks of a whip called them to work, when each betook himself with his spade to the plantation, where they worked almost naked in the heat of the sun. ¬†Their food was bruised or boiled maize or bread made of cassava root, their clothing a single piece …

  • February 1, 2021
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The Russo-Turkish War of 1877 – 1878 marked the end of the Ottoman domination of the Balkans, and set off the dominoes which would change the religious and political balance of power throughout Europe.¬† The Turks won the Crimean War against Russia in 1856, but the cost of victory was so high that it set …

  • January 4, 2021
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Bulgaria celebrates its independence on 22 September, which was the date that (now) Tsar Ferdinand issued his proclamation in the old Bulgaria capital of Tarnovo. ¬†To much of the rest of the world, the date was already 5 October – but the truth is that the actual date mattered far less than the momentous events …

  • October 5, 2020
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