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Serbia

Line breaks: Ser¦bia
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːbɪə
 
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Definition of Serbia in English:

A republic in the Balkans; population 7,379,300 (est. 2009); official language, Serbian; capital, Belgrade.

Serbia was conquered by the Turks in the 14th century, regaining independence in 1878. Serbian rivalry with the Austro-Hungarian Empire contributed to the outbreak of the First World War, after which Serbia was absorbed into the kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (named Yugoslavia from 1929–2003). In 1991-2 four out of the six Yugoslav republics seceded; Serbia became involved in armed conflict with neighbouring Croatia, the civil war in Bosnia, and the suppression of Albanian nationalism in Kosovo. On the break-up of Yugoslavia it remained in federation with Montenegro until 2006

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