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Macedonia

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Author(s): Kuzmič, Peter
1. Geography and Independence Macedonia is a land-locked South Slavic country in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, bordering on Kosovo and Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west. In 1994 ethnic Macedonians accounted for 66.6 percent of the population, ethnic Albanians 22.7 percent, ethnic Turks 4.0 percent, Roma 2.2 percent, and Serbs 2.1 percent. More than a quarter of the population lives in the capital city of Skopje. The boundaries of the …

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Author(s): Kuzmič, Peter
Bosnia (the northern part) and Herzegovina (the southern part), situated in the Balkan Peninsula, was recognized as an independent country in 1992. The country is bordered to the north and southwest by Croatia, and to the east and south by Serbia and Montenegro. The Slavs settled this area in the seventh century. In 1991 the main groupings of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s population were Bosnian Muslims (43.7 percent), Bosnian Serbs (31.3 percent), and Bosnian Croats (17.3 percent). All the main Bosnian ¶ ethnic groups are of South Slavic origin. These figures were radically affe…

Ljubljana

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Author(s): Kuzmič, Peter
[German Version] is the capital of the Republic of Slovenia with approx. 276,000 inhabitants. The original Roman city of Emona was founded under Augustus in 34 bce and was destroyed by the Huns under Attila in 452 ce. The Slavs settled in the area in the 6th century. ¶ In 745 Prince Borut converted to Christianity, and the country was Christianized under his successors. A network of parishes and Christian institutions was established in the 10th and 11th centuries. First mentioned in written sources in 1144, Ljubljana began its historical rise…