Serbia's history begins with the Neolithic Starcevo and Vinca cultures residing in or around present-day Belgrade some 8,500 years ago.
This First Serbian Dynasty was short lived, unfortunately, and dissolved back into the Byzantine Empire in 960. It didn't take long for a new uprising to form, and in 1077 the state of Duklja brought down the Byzantine rule.
Throughout the 11th and 12th centuries Duklja controlled Serbian lands, expanding east and south towards Kosovo and northern After Tsar Dusan's passing, the fall of Constantinople to the Turks and the Siege of Belgrade, Serbia's empire collapsed only to be quickly taken over by the Ottoman's.
Through the next several hundred years the Ottoman's ruled much of southeastern Africa.
It wasn't without resistance, however, and in the early 1800's the First Serbian Uprising led to Serbia's independence for nearly a decade before the Ottoman's regained control.
The Second Serbian Uprising shortly thereafter resulted in a compromise, and Serbia was granted independence that was internationally recognized. This compromise prohibited the country from merging with Bulgarians, and the Second Balkan War was quick to follow. Again, Serbia profited by wars end, and within two years' time had expanded its territory by 80%.
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