The History of Yugoslavia – Some Maps

So, I’ve just realised that I’m mentioning a lot of countries and places, and you might not fully understand where these all are in relation to each other. So here’s a selection of maps which should hopefully help with understanding the geography, at least at a political level.

First off, here are four maps of Europe at various dates through the 19th Century. All have been excellently produced by Wikipedia user KaterBegemot.

Europe in 1815


Europe in 1848


Europe in 1867


Europe in 1871
Europe in 1878 – with San Stefano Bulgaria boundaries shown


The next few maps deal specifically with the episodes on the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 (Wiki authors or other source credited in captions).

The Ottoman Empire and its neighbours on the eve of the First Balkan War. Author: Christophe cagé
Ethnic Map of Macedonia from the Bulgarian point of view. Author: Th. Weinreb / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
Ethnic Map of Macedonia from the Serbian point of view. Author: Th. Weinreb / Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,

Next, a map of the component map of the Austrian Empire, courtesy of Wikipedia user Spiridon Ion Cepleanu:

Divisions of the Austrian Empire, c. 1850.

Aurel Popovici’s plan for reforming the Habsburg Empire, 1906 (Author –  Andrei nacu):


Popovici’s “United States of Greater Austria” Plan

2 Replies to “The History of Yugoslavia – Some Maps”

  1. Hello
    I was waiting and wondering if my surname Brankovic would pop up in these podcasts somewhere in Serbian or Kosovo History? Just curious thats all. Love the show, listening all the way from Australia.

    1. Hey Nik, apologies about taking a while to reply!

      I’ve had a bit of a look ahead, and unfortunately I don’t think there’ll be any Brankovićs coming up in the podcast, though if I turn out to be wrong, I’ll point it out.

      There was a Branković dynasty that ruled Serbia in the early 15th Century though, just before the final Ottoman Conquest.

      Thanks for listening, glad you like the show!

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