Paris Peace Conference, 1919
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes


Hubert Kowal

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Position paper of

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Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes  

Краљевина Срба, Хрвата и Словенаца

Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca

Kraljevina Srbov, Hrvatov in Slovencev


The Great War was the seminal tragedy of all mankind. Millions of men and women are lying dead all over the globe. Some of them died on the battlefields, due to artillery shelling or gas attacks. Even more people died due to drastic famine, disease and ethnic massacres, which occurred all over Europe and the Middle East. With the failure of old system, the great concert of Europe which helped to avoid major wars for almost 100 years, new order of the world must emerge from the ashes of the most tragic war in mankind history. Many nations rebelled against rotted empires, which were oppressing them for centuries. One of these nations is Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

Backround of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes

Kingdom of Serbs, Croat and Slovenes (shortcut-Kingdom of SHS) was established only a month prior to the beginning of Paris Peace Conference on december 1st 1918. Even though that a united state of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was established only month ago, the idea behind this state is way more older. Slavic people of Balkans  have very long history of national sovereignty and identity. On the fields of Kosovo we fought united against Ottoman yoke. Despite our great spirit and dedication to our homeland, Balkans fell under occupation of Ottoman and Habsburg Empires. Quote of the famous philosopher and poet Ľudovít Štúr perfectly describes the fate of slavic people in Balkans:

” Indeed it is a heartbreaking view, when the largest nation of Europe is divided, torned and fractured, and under its turmoil sighs under the Ottoman yoke. At the beginning they were the slaves of Germans, of the former Holy Roman Empire, now they are slaves of Austrians, Prussians and Saxons. On the other hand they are being enslaved by Italian and Hungarian element. But everywhere they are drawn to pull triumfal carts of other empires, they build magnificent monuments and the only reward they get is scof...