1912-1918 1941-1944

History of Kosovo, 1918-1941

In December 1918 the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was proclaimed; Albanians were not mentioned. State administration was dominated by (ethnic) Serbs and Montenegrins. A plan for the expulsion of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population and the settlement of ethnic Serbs was presented to the Yugoslav government as late as (1937). The official language within Serbia and Montenegro was Serbian.
Neither during the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1918-1929) nor during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929-1941) did Kosovo form an administrative unit. During the latter, the country was split among the Morava, Vardar and Zeta Banovinas.

Timeline Kosovo, from BBC News
Kosovo : Modern History, from Wikipedia
Articles Zeta Banovina, Morava Banovina, Vardar Banovina, from Wikipedia
Article Demographic History of Kosovo from Wikipedia
DOCUMENTS The Situation of the Albanian Minority in Yugoslavia; Mmorandum to League of Nations 1930, posted by Robert Elsie
Memorandum on the suggested expulsion of the Albanians, 1937, posted by Robert Elsie
REFERENCE Noel Malcolm, Kosovo : a Short History, NY UP 1999, KMLA Lib.Sign. 949.71 M243k

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First posted on October 17th 2006

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