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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Madagascar had a king. ¬†And then they didn’t. ¬†But maybe they still did. ¬†To this day no one is entirely sure. It begins with Madagascar’s Queen Ranavalona, who through bloody conquest managed to unite most of the island under her rule while also successfully keeping Europe at bay. ¬†The only problem was that to accomplish …

  • May 14, 2021
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I have many sins and the merciful God will forgive me, but because I killed that woman with my own hand I’m afraid he will never! — Princess Ljubica on her deathbed. At the beginning of the 1800s Serbia began its heaviest push for independence from the Ottoman Empire. ¬†Two families dominated the fight on …

  • April 23, 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 …

  • March 10, 2021
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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 …

  • March 8, 2021
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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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‚ÄúShe is certainly one of the proudest and cruel women on the face of the earth, and her whole history is a record of bloodshed and deeds of horror,‚Ä̬† Ida Pfeiffer, Austrian Explorer Of course, the Austrian explorer Ida Pfeiffer had reason to hold a grudge against Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar; quite to her …

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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 …

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