Repeated Expulsions — Kosovo Heritage #5

The Serbian people have continually assumed that in every century they would again find it necessary to defend their rights to their land, self-determination, and freedom of worship. History in the Balkans continuously repeats itself. After the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, historical data reveals that in 1690, 185,000 Serbs were forced from Kosovo and, again, an equal number were exiled in 1737. After the Congress of Berlin, in 1872, 150,000 Serbs were expelled from Kosovo. This ongoing trend took on tragic proportions following the war in Crete between Turkey and Greece in 1897. Diplomatic efforts to stem the tide of atrocities against Serbs were useless, but documentation remains to testify to the crimes committed against the Serbian population. Serbs, but Montenegrins, Bulgarians, and Greeks to liberate their people from centuries of uninterrupted aggression fought not only the Balkan war of 1912. The situation is little changed today. Truly, history repeats itself.

Fresco, Akathistos to the Theokos (Mother of God) Decani, 14th c.
mary1.jpg (19052 bytes) The Visitation – The Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth, mother of St. John the Baptist. Pec Monastery, 14th c.
Fresco, The Ancient of Days, Entrance to the Church of the Apostles, Pec c. 1330.
The Coronation of Emperor Dusan, Easter Day, 1346,
Jug Bogdan, Vladislav Titelbah 1900.
Milos Obilic in the Battle of Kosovo, Aleksandar Dobric 1861.
Icon, Mother of God and Christ Child, Decani Monastery, 14th c. Icon, Mother of God and Christ Child, Decani Monastery, 14th c. Icon, Mother of God and Christ Child, Decani Monastery, 14th c. Icon, Mother of God and Christ Child, Decani Monastery, 14th c.
St Paul, Pec, 13th c.
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