The difficult subject of ethnic conflict in the Balkans, and the historical and political background of the area are clarified through broadsheets, historical documents, photographs and illustrations. A history of the Ottoman Empire, explanations of such concepts as ethnic cleansing and nationalism, provide understanding of the tragic events that have occurred since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Historians: Norman Itzkowitz & Enid Goldberg. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:
Nations, Nation-states and Nationalism
- History of the Balkans through 1918
- The Ottoman Influence
- The Balkans After 1918
- Ethnic Cleansing
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
16th-century scenes of the Battle of Kosovo.
- Portrait of Sultan Bayezid I.
- Excerpt from Serbian folk poem, “The Battle of Kosovo.”
- Maps of the Ottoman Empire: 1353 and mid-17th century.
- Excerpt from the Timar Register.
- 18th-century painting of Ottoman Grand Vizir receiving a foreign ambassador.
- Maps illustrating the impact of nationalism on Europe.
- Excerpt from Mazzini’s nationalist oath.
- Excerpt from Gladstone’s Bulgarian Horrors.
- Serbian, Russian, British documents on events leading to Congress of Berlin.
- Documents pertaining to the creation of Yugoslavia.
- Signatures and seals of the signers of the Treaty of Lausanne.
- Poster: World War II and the rise of Tito.
- Map: territorial division of Bosnia-Herzegovina under the Dayton Accords.