I’ve just finished my third week of classes and I’m learning so much! We’re already wrapping up our first class on the breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars of the 1990s.
This class focused on Yugoslavia before Tito’s death in 1980 and the events leading up to the wars of the 90s. One of our homework assignments was to watch the BBC documentary titled “The Death of Yugoslavia”. I highly recommend this documentary; it was broadcast in 1995 and includes interviews with all the major actors – Milošević, Tuđman, Kučan, and more (those were the presidents of Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia at the time).
I have only been in Belgrade for 8 days now, but it feels as if so much more time has passed! This is probably due to the fact that I’ve been exposed to new things non-stop, from the second I got off the plane to this morning on my bus ride to class – but I’m enjoying every moment and just trying to take it all in…
Belgrade is such a unique city! The city’s geographically and historically important location sits at the intersection of the Danube and Sava rivers. These rivers at one point marked the end of the Ottoman empire and the beginning of the Austro-Hungarian empire. This has resulted in the unique blend of East and West which makes up Serbian culture today.