Montenegro: A Modern History

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009 - History - 289 pages

In May 2006, following a passionate and closely fought referendum in which nearly 90% of those eligible voted, Montenegro finally regained the status of an independent nation--the most recent chapter in a highly turbulent history. But how did the Balkans forge this tiny republic? What sets it apart from the other dominant powers in the region and what will be its future role on the world's stage?

Montenegro: A Modern History charts the country's contemporary history in accessible and comprehensive form. Beginning with its recognition as an independent state at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, Kenneth Morrison traces the country's evolution through its incorporation into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, its disproportionate role during the Yugoslav wars of 1941-1945, its contribution to the bloody collapse of Yugoslavia and finally the achievement of independence. He explores the forces that have shaped the republic of Montenegro and questions where this will lead in the future, examining the fundamental issues of Montenegrin identity and statehood in the context of Balkan and European politics, society and history. This full and authoritative history will be essential reading for everyone interested in the political and social dynamics of Europe's newest state.

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The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom
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About the author (2009)

Kenneth Morrison is a Fellow in Modern South-East European History at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He obtained his PhD at the University of Stirling and taught Balkan Politics at the University of Aberdeen, where he received his undergraduate degree. He has been an invited consultant to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has published widely on the history and politics of the states of the former Yugoslavia.

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