Balkans

Timeline created by Ahmed Sherif
  • Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia

    Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia
    Exactly one month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This was the first act of war in WW1.
  • The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is formed

    The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is formed
    The kingdom was made up of the previously independent kingdoms of Serbia and Montenegro and the South Slav territories in areas formerly subject to the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Dalmatia, Croatia-Slavonia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Vojvodina. It was ruled by the Serbian Karadjordjević dynasty.
  • The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia

    The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
    To unify the kingdom more, King Alexander I proclaimed a royal dictatorship and renamed the state Yugoslavia.
  • Yugoslavia is invaded by axis powers

    Yugoslavia is invaded by axis powers
    The Yugoslav army was helpless against the superior axis powers: Germany, Italy, and France, as they were attacked during WW2. They were invaded after the army was forced to surrender.
  • Expulsion of Yugoslavia from the communist Comintern

    Expulsion of Yugoslavia from the communist Comintern
    Yugoslavia was expelled from the communist Comintern due to the suspicions Stalin held about Tito and his followers.This conflict is called Tito–Stalin Split, a conflict between the leaders of SFR Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.
  • Greece becomes the first Balkan country to join EU

    Greece becomes the first Balkan country to join EU
    Greece became the tenth member of the European Communities, ushering in a period of sustained growth. It was the first Balkan country to do so, and many later followed in its footsteps.
  • Slovenia and Croatia declare independence

    Slovenia and Croatia declare independence
    After declaring themselves independent, bothe Slovenia and Croatia were plunged into war. These wars were the start of the series of Yugoslav wars.
  • Kosovo declares itself independent from Serbia

    Kosovo declares itself independent from Serbia
    Serbia rejected the claim calling it illegal and asked the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion. The Court determined that the declaration did not violate international law.
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    Yugoslav Wars

    The Yugoslav wars were related even though they were fought on different grounds. Most of the wars ended through peace accords, but they led to the breakup of the Yugoslav state. These wars are described as Europe's deadliest conflicts since World War II because of the many war crimes committed during them.