The story of Balkan states (Figure 15) is another interesting story which shows the involvement of different world powers in this region and conflict between different ethnic communities. Its story has completed a round turn where it started from the Serbia, growth of its might, formation of Yugoslavia and then its disintegration leaving Serbia at the last as the remains of the earlier greater country. In between, it affected different aspects of world politics like one of the major reasons which started World War II was associated with this regional conflict. Also, during the cold war period, both US and the USSR had their ambitions for the region.
A look over the history of the region shows that Slav settlement took ...