Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro

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Cornell University Press, 2007 - History - 521 pages
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Comparatively little is well known about Europe's newest and one of its smallest independent states: the small mountain fastness Montenegro. In a book written for specialists and general readers alike, Elizabeth Roberts traces its history from pre-Slavic times, including its part in the 1389 battle of Kosovo and its prominent role in resisting the Ottomans. She recounts Montenegro's development under its Prince-Bishops toward the independence achieved at the Congress of Berlin and lost after the Versailles Conference when the Podgorica Assembly voted to join the new Kingdom of Yugoslavia. When Slobodan Milosevic spoke of Montenegro and Serbia as "two eyes in the same head," he encapsulated a view that has deep roots in both nations. But not all Montenegrins agreed, and many chafed at being forced to play the role of Serbia's junior partner. Indeed, Montenegro's complex and shifting cultural and political identity is the main theme of Roberts's witty and dispassionate book, which culminates in Montenegro's defining referendum and subsequent international recognition in the summer of 2006.The history of Montenegro is at once a colorful, often bloodily violent story and instructive about how land, religion, and politics (both domestic and international) have intersected over centuries to shape and reshape cultural identities in Southeastern Europe. Students of national identity have much to learn from the Montenegrin case, and general readers will be enthralled by the dramatic tale that unfolds in Realm of the Black Mountain.
 

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Contents

Chapters
1
Between East and West
39
Zeta between Venice and the Ottomans
72
Clansmen and Empires
103
Montenegrin Theocracy
132
Montenegro in the time of Petar I 17741830
162
Montenegro under Njegos
186
the Road
216
Montenegro on the International Stage
258
From the First World War to Loss of Statehood
302
The Interwar Years and the Second World War
336
Montenegro in the Second Yugoslavia
392
The Djukanovic Years
429
the Instrument of Independence
477
Index
499
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