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Yugoslavia: Yugoslavia's People
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Mostar and the Neretva River - Courtesy Sam and Sarah Stulberg

Modern Yugoslavia had its genesis in a nineteenth-century Romantic idea that the South Slavs, chiefly the Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, and Bulgars, should be united in a single independent state. Except for the existence of an independent Bulgaria, the Yugoslavia created after World War I was a virtual realization of this idea. With the creation of the South Slav state, however, the Yugoslavs had to face the fact that besides similar languages, similar ancient ethnic roots, and the shared experience of foreign oppression, they had rather little in common.

Data as of December 1990

Last Updated: December 1990

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Yugoslavia was first published in 1990. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

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