A HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THE BALKAN WARS: LESSONS AND MESSAGES

Sinisa Daskalovski

Abstract


This paper tries to ascertain the position and the role of the Balkanwars in the typology of 21st century conflicts, based on an analysis of both historical andcontemporary research material on greater armed conflicts. In an effort to do so, it starts bythe notion that war, as a socio-historical category, has characteristics that can be consideredas general for identification with other wars, and distinctive characteristics that can be usedto make distinction between wars. In the category of distinctive characteristics, we can alsoinclude the Macedonian people and territory, where the Balkan wars were mostly fought, andwhich mostly sparks the interest of the neighbouring countries and the great powers alike.It has been conjectured that the lessons and messages of these wars may serve a usefulpurpose to the Macedonian people and the Macedonian country, in the sense of overcomingthe problems created by armed conflicts in all situations of life and in the development ofthe country.

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