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Divided by Serbia and Montenegro during the Balkan Wars, occupied by the Austrians during the First World War, the Sandzak was then incorporated into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918. The area was again occupied by Italian and German forces during the Second World War, during which internecine conflicts between competing domestic political forces intensified. Granted autonomous status by the communist-led Partisans in 1943, the Sandzak was again divided between Serbia and Montenegro in 1945. Yet this short period of autonomy remained a powerful symbol, and as Yugoslavia began to unravel in the 1990s, the 'Sandzak Question' re-emerged.
The Sandzak: A History attempts to demystify the enigma of this little-know part of the Balkans. Offering a detailed yet succinct analysis of its religious and ethnic dynamics, the authors chart a course through conflicting historical narratives to provide a comprehensive overview of the complex history of this contested land.
Kenneth Morrison is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at De Montfort University, Leicester, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics (Research on Southeast Europe--LSEE) in 2011-12. He has written extensively on the history and politics of the Balkans and is the author of Montenegro: A Modern History (IB Tauris, 2009).
Elizabeth Roberts is a former diplomat and Balkan scholar who taught Southeast European history at universities in the Republic of Ireland and the United States. She is a recognised authority on Balkan history and is the author of The Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro (Hurst & Co., 2007).