a country located in South East Europe that was once big and powerful.
Serbia dates back to the first half of the 9th century. The Kingdom of Serbia was established in the 11th century, Stefan Nemanja, the founder of the Nemanjic dynasty, rose to power in 1170 and started renewing the Serbian state in the Raska(south-west Serbia) region. In the 13th century it eventually expanded in land, the Serbian Empire. Medieval Serbia enjoyed a high political, economic and cultural reputation in Medieval Europe, reached its apex in mid-14th century, during the rule of Tzar Stefan Dusan. Tzar Stefan Dusan doubled the size of his kingdom seizing territories to the south, southeast and east. For at least half a mellenium, the serbs occupied lands extending from the Danube, Sava, and Morava rivers to the Adriatic Sea and the Šar Mountains. The Serbian emipre reached it's peak up to the end of the 14th century until the battle of kosovo where the serbian army was defeated my the turkish muslim army in 1389(Kosovo holds a symbolic place in Serbian History and is regarded as the heart of Serbia which is why the Serbian goverment will not allow is to become an interpentded state to the Albanians). Serbian resistance to Ottoman domination, latent for many decades surfaced at the beginning of 19th century with the First and Second Serbian Uprising in 1804 and 1815. Resulting from the uprisings and subsequent wars against the Ottoman Empire, the independent Principality of Serbia was formed and granted international recognition in 1878. The Balkan wars 1912 - 1913, terminated the Turkish domination in the Balkans(Austria in particular was shocked, five centuries of Turkish rule suddenly ended and Serbia had come out to be the most powerful balken nation). Turkey was pushed back across the channel, and national Balkan states were created in the territories it withdrew from. The assassination of Austrian Crown Prince Franc Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, served as a pretext for the Austrian attack on Serbia that marked the beginning of World War I. The Serbian Army bravely defended its country and won several major victories. Serbia was finally overpowered by joint forces of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria. The Serbian Army returned to combat on the Thessalonike front together with other Entante forces comprising France, England, Russia, Italy and the United States. In world War I Serbia had 1 264 000 casualties - 28% of its population (4 529 000) which also represented 58% of its male population - a loss it never fully recuperated from. This enormous sacrifice was the contribution Serbia gave to the Allied victory and the remodeling of Europe and of the World after World War I. With the end of World War I and the downfall of Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire the conditions were met for proclaiming the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians in December of 1918. The new state was to be dominated by the Serbs. Peter Karadjordjevic, who had been King of Serbia since 1903, became Knig of a new state. Belgrade now became the new national capital. Top positions in the army and civil service were filled by Serbs. Croatia , in particular, resented this Serbian dominance. After the war, idealist intellectuals gave way to politicians and the most influential Croatian politicians opposed the new state right from the start. To prevent any further weakening of the country, King Aleksandar I banned national political parties in 1929, assumed executive power and renamed the country Yugoslavia. During King Aleksandar I official visit to France in 1934, the king was assassinated in Marseilles by a member of VMRO - an extreme nationalist organization in Bulgaria that had plans to annex territories along the eastern and southern Yugoslav border - with the cooperation of the Ustashi - a Croatian fascist separatist organization.
At the beginning of the 1940's, Yugoslavia found itself surrounded by hostile countries. Except for Greece, all other neighboring countries had signed agreements with either Germany or Italy. Hitler was strongly pressuring Yugoslavia to join the Axis powers. Following the Nazi example, the Independent State of Croatia established extermination camps and perpetrated an atrocious genocide killing over 750 000 Serbs. This holocaust set the historical and political backdrop for the civil war that broke out fifty years later in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and that accompanied the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991-1995. The ruthless attitude of the German occupation forces and the genocidal policy of the Croatian Ustasha regime generated a strong Serbian Resistance. There were two main resistance groups - the Chetniks and the partisans. The Chetniks were Serbian and dedicated to the restoration of the Serbian goverment. The partisans were organised by the Communist leader Josip Broz Tito. The Serbs stood up against the Croatian genocidal government and the Nazi disintegration of Yugoslavia. Many joined the Partisan forces (National Liberation Army headed by Josib Broz Tito) in the liberation war and thus helped the Allied victory. By the end of 1944, with the help of the Red Army the Partisans liberated Serbia and by May 1945 the remaining Yugoslav territories, meeting up with the Allied forces in Hungary, Austria and Italy. Serbia and Yugoslavia were among the countries that had the greatest losses in the war: 1 700 000 (10.8% of the population) people were killed and national damages were estimated at 9.1 billion dollars according to the prices of that period. After the second world war, Stalin wanted Yugoslavia to remian dependent on the USSR. Tito objected in 1948 and was expelled from the Communist Bloc. During the 1970s there was increasing economic difficulties in Yugoslavia. Unrest started to rise and Tito agreed in 1974 to a drastic reform of the constitution. The power of the central goverment in Belgrade was drastically cut back and more power given to the six republican goverments - Serbia, Croatia, Slovania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. The Albanians of Kosovo demanded that their region be made a full republic; the constitution of 1974 only served to widen the divisions within the country. In 1980 Tito died. After his death the country began to fall apart.
Between 1991 and 1992, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina forcibly seceded from Yugoslavia, whilst Macedonia did so peacefully. The civil war in Yugoslavia costed over 200 000 lives. Serbia and Montenegro opted to stay on in the federation and at the combined session of the parliaments of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro held on April 27 1992 in Belgrade, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was passed thus reaffirming the continuity of the state first founded on December 1st 1918.
by CrnaStrela August 10, 2005
Serbia is located in the Balkans (South East Europe). It borders with Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Romania. Serbia has access to the Adriatic through Montenegro, and the Danube River provides shipping access to inland Europe and the Black Sea.
Serbia's terrain ranges of fertile plains in the northern Vojvodina region, limestone ranges and basins in the east, and, in the southeast, ancient mountains and hills. The north is dominated by the Danube River. Morava River, flows through the more mountainous southern regions.
The Serbian climate varies between a continental climate in the north, with cold winters and hot humid summers, and a more Adriatic climate in the south with hot dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall inland. Serbia has lots of culture, not just in Serbia but in other parts of former Yugoslavia and other places around the world. Alot of Serbian culture comes mostly from thier arts and music. The Byzantine Empire had a strong influence in the Middle Ages on the Serb Orthodox Church. Serbian culture fell into decline during five centuries as it was apart of the Ottoman Empire. Serbia got its independence in 1878 from the Ottoman empire and there was an increase of Serbian culture in the nineteenth century.

Area: 88,000 sq. km. (now 102,000 sq. km including Montenegro)
Capital City: Belgrade
Population of Serbia:
Vojvodina: 2.2 million
Central Serbia: 5.5 million
Kosovo and Metohija: 2.1 million
Total Population: 9.8 million

Main cities and its Population:
Belgrade (Capital city): 1.6 million
Novi Sad: 300,000
Priština: 250,000
Niš: 235,000
Kragujevac: 175,000
Subotica: 150,000
by SerbianPatriot October 07, 2005
The country which kicks ass, one of the bravest countries of the world. Defended what belonged to them ignored the shitty rumours that where spread by there enemies to this day it has had more action than most countries.
Dont mess with Serbs, if you do you will shit yourself.
by DOB December 19, 2003

cmon people we all know that


kako moze biti peder u srbiji?
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serbia rules the world of hot chicks
by mateja360 January 02, 2008
A country that could kick Croatia's ass anytime, anywhere
Croatian: Oh, no! It's Serbia! Run!
by Serbian January 06, 2004
Serbia has a rich cultural heritage ranging from the remains of the oldest human settlement Lepenski Vir, 7000 years old, through the Neolithic site at Vinca, Roman and Byzantine edifices, Tabula Trajana, Gamzigrad, the Belgrade Fortress, Petrovaradin Fortress, to medieval monasteries with their unique architecture and fresco paintings of outstanding beauty from golden age of Serbia in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Belgrade, the capital and the "soul" of modern Serbia, is situated at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube. In the course of its long history it has been captured 60 times, and razed to the ground at least 38 times; however every time it got leveled to the ground the city had arisen from its ashes, like a phoenix- which is a legend connected to the city. Today, it is a modern city of about 2 million inhabitants. To visitors Belgrade offers its rich programme of cultural, artistic and sports events, many museums, cultural and historic monuments. With the Sava Congress Centre and numerous hotels, Belgrade has become one of the major congress and convention centres in Europe.

Many mineral spring and a large number of well-appointed spas with a long tradition of use going as far back as Roman times, are an important feature of Serbia's tourism. In terms of the number of springs and the quality of the waters these spas are famous in Europe.

The combination of natural factors and medical methods in Serbia's modern and specialized centres yields remarkable results in treatment and rehabilitation. Almost all of the spas are situated at the foot of mountains surrounded by wooded hills, and have a mild climate.
golden age of serbia, truly reflects the outstanding beauty which ranges from the 12th and 13th centuries.
by siiizzerb February 27, 2008
Serbia is a brave and heroic country wich is why so many people are jelous and hate Serbia. Serbia has played crucial role in allies victory throughout the first and second world wars. Serbia fought and one three major wars, the First and Second Balkan War as well as World War One. Serbs have fought to free Serbia first from Turkish occupation, then from Bulgarian and from combined Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian and German occupation. In all the three wars the Serbs showed extreme heroism and endurance. Many years later when "Macedonia" was to secede from Yugoslavia in 1992 (Macedonia was Serbian land before WWI) not one shot was fired. The explanation for this is the fact that in the civil wars of 1990's the Serbs NEVER fought to "grab other people's lands." The lie that the Serbs were "landgrabbers" (and not defenders of their ancient lands and property) was repeated, by the Western propaganda. In recent wars the Serbs fiercely fought only on territories where they felt that their population will be maltreated (In Croatia & Bosnia) by the new powers that are to take control over those lands. In Eastern Orthodox Macedonia there was no such threat for Eastern Orthodox Serbs.
Note: that Croats and Slovenes asked the Serbs after world war one, the victorious side in the World War to accept them into the union. The Serbs did NOT form "Great Serbia", they treated Croats and Slovenes as equal (The serbs later named the country Yugoslavia instead of Serbia, which is fiar). This, despite the fact that many Croats and Muslims fought with the enemy (Austria-Hungaria), and many of them committed atrocities on the defenceless population of Serbia during its occupation by the enemy troops. The Serbs were prepared to forgive.

The Serbs achieved their war aim after world war one. They have liberated other South Slavs. They did it at tremendous price to their population. The Serbs had invested TWO Serbian states into Yugoslavia. Croats and Slovenes invested nothing.
by Serbiaisthebestfucktherest September 22, 2005
A native or inhabitant of Serbia. Or a person of Serbian descent.
Reasons why you should be proud of Serbia and to be Serbian:

You are Orthodox (first Christian faith)
the Adriatic Coast (Serbia & Montenegro)
Even if you were born in any country; you still can say that you are Serbian
Greatest genius of all time Nicola Tesla- inventor of electricity (a Serb born in Croatia)
Famous inventors, doctors, athletes, and singers
Soccer team (Red Star Belgrade, one of the greatest soccer teams in all time)
Handball team
Waterpollo team
Basketball (Basketball champions of the world 2002)
Well-educated people
Slava (saint day, orthodox tradition)
Nice friendly people
good food (healthy)
People that defended their own country and what was theirs
Great music
They aren't racists (even though many people are towards Serbia because they don’t have it’s culture and history)
No matter what they try, they never give up and win in the end
Know every Serb around them
unique Language
Respect their language and traditions
Red, blue, white and the cross with four c’s in the middle (flag)
would die for their family and country
Even if they were born anywhere in the world they are Serbian, they still know the Serbian from language and traditions
Know the the truth and always be proud of where you come from
Serbia and Montenegro have one of the most beautiful cities in the World (Belgrade, Budva)
You are allowed to eat Pork (except for when you are fasting, orthodox tradition)
by CrnaStrela September 04, 2005

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