Just as they had throughout the many centuries of their history, during the First and Second Balkan War and the First World War the Serbians would indeed play a very significant and noble part in "the great drama of human advancement."
The historic Battle of Kumanovo of October 23-24, 1912 (First Balkan War) that resulted in a significant Serbian victory over the Ottoman forces, with the Ottoman Empire finally virtually withdrawing from the Balkans after centuries of Turkish Islamic occupation.
Painting by Serbian artist Paya Jovanovich.
"The history of the Servians [sic] [Serbians], in both medieval and modern times, is full of interest. Not only is it perhaps the best example known to us of a Slavonic people pursuing quietly the natural course of its own proper development; but it is the history of one of the noblest races of the human family, evidently formed by nature to play no insignificant part in the great drama of human advancement."
by Edson L. Clark
Dodd, Mead & Co.
New York, NY
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