Cetinje Monastery, Montenegro, signpost at exterior
Finding your way. Here, signpost in Cetinje - We were glad to see on this signpost, outside a venerable monastery, the directions to the Louvre and the Vatikan, complete with kilo-mileage.
1. The old Yugoslavia.
History for this region is a complex matter of boundaries, and inclusions in larger entities, then those entities falling apart.
To organize your own thinking about Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and more, go to //mysite.du.edu/~etuttle/misc/europe.htm#Mong. Go to the section labeled "Yugoslavia," the old name for several countries united, now separate.
2. Also read the 1905 book, now a Google book, "The Burden of the Balkans,"
This is by M. Edith Durham. M for Mary. Do a search for the book title and look for the google, because this address is long: //books.google.com/books?id=xBgCAAAAYAAJ&dq=burden+of+the+balkans&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=jGupLav4rc&sig=ODOQwqAjCVdIvFsELGJSl6ykgBI
3. The saw. Reading technique for too-thick paperbacks.
This little saw from a Victorian-Edwardian hatpin, see Hatpins Collection Tour, Simonds Saw, relevant because Cetinje in particular was thriving during those years.
The paperback is unmanageably thick. The margins get lost as you bend, bend to try to read.
Take the countries or areas that you will be seeing, and saw them off and carry separately. As you reach an area, pull out the more manageable paperback bit.