CIP Posts "Serbia and Albania" by Dimitrije Tucović 
by Stephen Schwartz
The Center for Islamic Pluralism has posted a translation from Serbian into English of Serbia and Albania, a major document by the prominent Serbian socialist Dimitrije Tucović [1881-1914].
Serbia and Albania is of importance today for numerous reasons. It explained the policy of Serbian imperialist conquest of Kosova in 1912-13, an injustice that did not end until the Kosova liberation war of 1998-99. Tucović also anticipated the outbreak of the first world war in 1914, a century ago. The assassination in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina, of Habsburg Archduke Franz Ferdinand and princess Sophie of Hohenberg, by a group of pro-Serbian terrorists, brought about general hostilities between Britain, France, and Russia, as patrons of Belgrade, and Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey, the allies of then-existing Austria-Hungary.
Unfortunately, in journalistic and academic discussions of the events of 1914, the role of Serbian expansionism is, today, often elided by commentators.
While CIP does not share the outdated vision of Tucović, who argued that Balkan antagonisms would be resolved by creation of a regional federation, many truths articulated by the Serbian socialist remain relevant.
Finally, Serbia and Albania is additionally useful for understanding the social protests sweeping Kosova and Bosnia-Hercegovina at present.
The text was translated from Serbian by Dragan Plavšić and published in 2003 by the British-based Marxist journal Revolutionary History. It has been edited for CIP style. CIP thanks Revolutionary History for permission to repost this uniquely significant historical resource.
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