Tito held this federation together, saying the differences among the peoples and nations were like the white lines on a marble pillar - noticeable but not fracturing the stone. Somehow it worked - at least for a while. When Tito died in 1980 local politicians (and clergy) began to stir ancient ethnic animosities and the Balkan wars of the early 1990’s resulted. Our guide was a young Croat teenager during the war. He tells us Croatia is involved in a war every 40 years, but hopes the pattern has been broken. So do I...
I'm trying to figure this out...… After World War II several Balkan nations united under Tito to become Yugoslavia. You and I learned about it in grade school geography. What I didn’t learn was Yugoslavia was made up of 6 republics (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia) with 5 official nationalities (Croatians, Montenegrins, Serbians, Slovenes and Macedonians) who spoke 4 official languages (Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian and Macedonian) and practiced 3 religions (Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Islam) while reading and writing Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.
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