If World War I and II Were Bar Fights

Yet anther amusing interpretation of world history. What if World war I and II were bar fights and France, Germany, Austria, Britain  and others were drunk participant fellows. Here is the original source of this story, though author is unknown (source).

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Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint. Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser leg. Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view. Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for the cleaning of Austria’s trousers. Russia and Serbia look at Austria. Austria asks Serbia who it’s looking at. Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone. Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so. Germany appeals to Britain that France has been looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain should not intervene. Britain replies that France can look at who it wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what is Germany going to do about it?

Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such action. Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium. Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper.

When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone. Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium. France and Britain punch Germany. Austria punches Russia. Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other. Russia throws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over. Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on Britain’s side, but stays there. Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

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A Tale about the Soviet Republic of Yugoslavia, Four Centuries of Communism and the Yugoslav states of Baltic Region

In my previous post I was talking about learning history through joint history book projects. This time I suggest to look at history of Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia from students’ point of view. The other day I was reading the blog of my master program professor Florian Bieber who recently published a hilarious post where he quotes his students concerning the history of Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia (From exams 2006-2010 at the University of Kent). Trust me this is a must read material. The copyright to following statements lies exclusively with the students who wrote this, says the author. I had faced such chef-d’oeuvres quite often while my university studies. However my collection couldn’t be compared with professors’ treasures.

Sadly enough, there are southands of people ectually thinking like these students. But what upsets me even more is the category of young people conducting academic studies and still doing such terryfing errors. Aren’t they doing any research at all? Anyways, such examples can teach us as well. For instance, how people perceive events, what is the areal of their intelligence, which prejudices still exist and etc.

Shortly, explore the history of South-East Europe from a new perspective, that is funny and totally wrong 🙂

The History of Yugoslavia

There have been many different countries/empires which have been huge and have had a range of different cultures but have managed to stay as one country. A very important example in term of Yugoslavia is the Ottoman Empire which oversaw some of that region. It was a huge empire with millions of servants who were of different race, religion, customs and beliefs. The empire managed to stay together regardless of this issue.

Furthermore, this can be debated as Yugoslavia never really had any enemy in ancient times

The Creation of Yugoslavia

The formation of Yugoslavia was ‘man made’ rather than inherent and formed through the same values and cultures.

Yugoslavia ….was forced together by the Ottomens and meinteined by leaders such as Tito.

After Yugoslavia was formed three dominant groups fought for power on the left the fascist Usteche who used aggressive ethnic cleansing techniques to drive non-Serbians from the land.

Yugoslavia was formed in 1929 out of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Cheks.

Communist Yugoslavia

When the Ottoman Empire collapsed, Communist leaders took and expanded the idea of a united Yugoslavia.

It is true to say that Yugoslavia was a young state, before the second WW the area consisted of several kingdoms…. After Tito removed Yugoslavia from the Soviet Union & pioneered the non-aligned movements during WW2, Yugoslavia entered relative calm.

Communist rule in Yugoslavia defind the nation until 1948 and when the region detached itself from Commuism it scrambled to find an identity.

Tito was already emerging as the glue that binds this group of autonomous provinces.

Tito was almost the puppeter of Yugoslavia pulling its strings.

In the years before Tito’s death, when he was forgetful and sported a terrible wig

In 1980, President Tito of Yugoslavia died, having ruled the state for over 10 years

When Tito died the emperror died with him.

There were two bodies that led Yugoslavia right before it disintegrated, Tito Braz and Slobodan Milosevic.

Tito had maintained a Yugoslavia with a federal government system: again, not a typical feature of countries…if Milosevic had succeded would have made Yugoslavia a less artificial country.

The provinces of Yugoslavia include Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, , Yugoveada and others…

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Lepa Sela Lepo Gore

“Is Former Yugoslavia Stuck On The Sand Dune Of History?” very interesting article By Charles Crawford for Radio Free Europe. Earlier this month, Slovenia hosted a summit of leaders from across the former Yugoslavia. “This conference was a lugubrious occasion that emphasized differences rather than renewed shared purpose. It compels us to look at a worrying question: Is the former Yugoslavia region facing a new round of division and animosity?” – asks the author. Read full article HERE.

Is Another Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact Imminent?

History shows that budding relations between Russia and Germany are a sure sign of conflict. The Trumphet analyzes Russo-German relationship through the lances of historical experience.