June 2018] were actually implemented in February 2019. My ear to the ground is my [Macedonian] Greek roomie at The Institute who explains patiently why those people north of the current Greek border have no rights to the heritage, symbols, names and history of Alexander the
source]. The last, weird-and-wonderfully, is a romance language ultimately based on Latin although the Romans only occupied Dacia across the River Danube for only 200 years 2 millennia ago. It's a long way to Italy, France and Spain. Albanian is an Indo-European tongue but on a distant branch not really any more like Slavic tongues than Irish or Greek or indeed Romanian. There are two dialects Gheg in the North and Tosk in the South. Tosk is, as in happens, a co-official across the borrrder on North Macedonia because several isolated Toskan communities were the wrong side a dotted line drawn by [k]nobs a long way away at another peace conference. And that's the problem in the Balkans - as it is in Belfast - if you see The Other as a SWOT threat rather than a SWOT opportunity. Me, I'm delighted that you can buy pierogi, garbanzos, pizza, camembert and cilantro is Irish shops and anticipate that we'll soon be borrowing words from Yoruba and Polish. And tbh I don't care a jot-or-tittle what your position is on transubstantiation.
Jugoslavia was set up after WWI as the Kingdom of the South [југ-; jug-] Slavs as a grab-bag of melting pot left over from the Ottoman Empire. Say what you like about Ottomans they were tolerant of People of the Book [Jews and Christians, as well as Muslims] in a way that many modern countries are unable to manage. There were several instances in the Balkan Wars where local Jewish communities fled their homes with retreating Ottoman troops because they feared a pogrom from the victors. Where is the largest and longest established Islamic community in Europe? Bosnia where +50% of the people are Sunni Muslims.
That's not so much an introduction as a random ramble through the distant reaches of The Blob. Let's revenons a nos Slavs and Dan Nosowitz' Atlas Obscura ramble through SerboCroat. Part of the problem is that Serbs, because they tend to be Orthodox have adopted a цириллиц алпхабет [cyrillic alphabet] while Croats are Catholics and look to the West for their latinica orthography. The fresh Balkanisation of the region, polarised by the wars that followed the demise of Jugoslavia, has resulted is a lot of unhelpful further-polarising selective deafness. That chap in the sentry-box the other side of the border? I canna gripe a worrrd t'bugger says. Here's how hard it is: the universal declaration of human rights is very worthy and inclusive:
- Croatian: Opća deklaracija o pravima čovjeka
- Bosnian: Opća deklaracija o pravima čovjeka
- Serbian: Opšta deklaracija o pravima čoveka [Опћа декларација о правима човека]