Saturday, May 19, 2012
Cover - Serbia, Country #62
Another additon to the list of countries of the world I have covers from. And this cover is actually an FDC as I can see it, of Yugoslavia from 1987. A brief political history of Serbia will clarify how this can be.
A powerful kingdom during the Middle Ages, Serbia was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1389 and remained under Turkish rule until 1829, when it became an autonomous region. In 1878 it became fully independent and led the movement to unite the southern Slavs into a single state under Serbian rule. Occupied by Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria during World War I, the collapse of Austria-Hungary in the autumn of 1918 made it possible for Serbia to realize its national ambitions.
On December 1, 1918, Serbia absorbed Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Dalmatia and Slovenia, to form the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929.
During World War II, Yugoslavia was broken up by its Axis occupiers, and a German satellite regime was established in Serbia. After the war, it became one of the constituent republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
In 1992, with the dissolution of the greater Yugoslav republic, only Montenegro remained associated with Serbia, first in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and, after 2002, in the looser federation of Serbia & Montenego.
After a referendum on independence on May 21, 2006, Montenegro seceded from Serbia and Montenegro, declaring independence on June 3, 2006. Serbia formally accepted this secession on June 7.
Could I actually then say that I have covers from two countries, of Yugoslavia and of Serbia??? I suppose I could.
Do feel free to add your thoughts, comments or suggestions
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