1. A history of Russia in Montenegro? We found it in the hotel at Cetinje, and now ask whether Montenegro should be concerned about reabsorption, given the old shipbuilding-fleet connection. Read of Matija Zmajevic, great shipbuilder to Peter I The Great.
2. Montenegro's oldest noble families: Is there a correlation between old pride in connections, and ability to maintain independence. Or is Montenegro's topography, hard to invade, the key to its continuity. There is a time to explore an encyclopedia: see http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Montenegro/. It avoided the ethnic violence of surrounding countries in the Balkans largely because of its cultural homogeneity, and identification with Serbia. A start on understanding.
2.1 Social organization here in medieval times focused on casadas, "patrician clans", brotherhoods: History buffs will enjoy the descriptions of medieval social organization that included elections to the main council, at http://www.perast.com/html-ENGLESKI/characters.html#/.
2.2 In the early seventeenth century, other individuals emerged as leaders in the arts, politics, and -- as to the great fleet -- Matija Zmajevic included. Recommended: short, focused articles on area points of interest at http://www.trifunovickg.com/veroljub/perast/MasterOfArc/1.html/ Click back, and back. No easily navigable contents, through the full 50 pages, but worth a leisurely, thoughtful look at each.