I'm reporting to you from the Adriatic - in fact, sitting in a cafe in Split as I write this. Of this part of the world, Winston Churchill once said it “creates more history than could be locally consumed." Obviously he was very aware of the issue of the conflict that led to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, sparking the First World War. But it's fair to note of this whole region that in a sense, they have experienced in a microcosm many of the greatest conflicts of civilization of the last thousand years. Christianity vs Islam; democracy vs communism; multiethnic state vs ethnic nationalism; the independent city state vs empire.
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