Destination 》Republics of Former Yugoslavia
Year Visited: 2018 – August/September/October
Yugoslavia was a country in Southeastern and Central Europe for most of the 20th century. It came into existence after World War I in 1918 under the name of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, following centuries in which the region had been part of the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary Empire. The kingdom gained international recognition in 1922; the official name was changed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929; the monarchy was subsequently abolished in 1945. Yugoslavia was renamed the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, when a communist government was established. In 1963, the country was renamed again, as the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).
Yugoslavia was subdivided along ethnic lines into six republics and held together by Tito under communist rule. After Tito’s death, because of economic and political crisis in the 1980s and the rise of nationalism, Yugoslavia broke up along its republics’ borders, at first into five countries, leading to the Yugoslav Wars. Montenegro and Serbia each became independent states in 2006, while Kosovo proclaimed its independence from Serbia in 2008.
My younger son and I backpacked through the former Yugoslavia Republics during 2018. We loved each country we visited, locals are so humble, friendly and welcoming.
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