Raymond 0 . Arsenault, Ph.D.
Robert Dardenne, Associate Professor
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Yugoslavia's first draft was created in 1918 when, in wake of World War I, Southern Slavs united in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes. The new nation was founded of remnants of a troubled history: From the mid-15th century to the late 1800s, the Ottoman Turks controlled most of the area. Then followed another thirty years of Austro-Hungarian dominance. It is important to note that the South Slavs descended from the same people who migrated to the Balkan peninsula in the sixth and seventh centuries A.D. and who, under various foreign rulers, converted to one of the three main religions: Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy.
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