|Vojvodine nationalists rallying in Novi Sad, the provincial capital|
|Map showing Vojvodina within the former Yugoslavia (the green countries)|
During the Second World War, the Independent State of Croatia, a Nazi puppet state, and Hungary, then an Axis power, took over the province and tried to revive the Banat Republic, with ethnic Germans and Hungarians in charge. It failed, and after the war Yugoslavia filled its vacant Nazi concentration camps with Vojvodina’s Germans, who were subsequently cleansed from the province, and Danube Banovina was renamed Vojvodina.
|As the “Banat Republic,” Vojvodina (dark green, at center) almost achieved independence|
in the aftermath of the First World War.
|Vojvodina’s autonomy: Tito giveth, and Slobo taketh away|
One wonders if Kacin, during this, thought to himself, “Where have I heard those words before? Oh, yes—Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo ...”
[You can read more about Vojvodina, Kosovo, other sovereignty and independence movements both famous and obscure in my new book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas just published by Litwin Books under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar. The book, which contains 46 maps and 554 flags (or, more accurately, 554 flag images), is available for order now on Amazon. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even if you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook and see this interview for more information on the book.]