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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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"A richly detailed and timely new history of Montenegro."--Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian
"An intelligent, readable, and very important study. A historical book could hardly be more relevant for the future, perhaps for the near future, than this one."--Aleksa Djilas, author of The Contested Country
"The need for an up-to-date study of Montenegrin history is self-evident. Elizabeth Roberts has provided a succinct account of this difficult and complex subject."--Richard Crampton, University of OxfordAbout the Author:
Elizabeth Roberts is a former diplomat who has taught Balkan history in Irish universities and lectured in the UK and the United States.
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