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Former autonomous province within the Republic of Serbia, and contemporary self-proclaimed and partly recognized independent state, Kosovo is situated in the middle of southeastern Europe. The Kosovo territory covers an area of 10,908 square kilometers, and its population is 1.8 million (2014 estimate). Its capital is Pristina.

Kosovo became the arena of the key battle in the history of the medieval Balkans and of the recent war and military intervention of a new type. The Kosovo War, although it lasted for less than two months, highlighted a number of pressing issues related to the modern warfare—the role of ethnicity and nationalism in justification of territorial claims, the hidden potential controversies of the Wilsonian system based on each people’s right for self-definition, the difficulties in practical applications ...

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