Examine the history of the Balkans to discover how geography, conquest, religion and war combined to mold the modern religious and cultural diversities in the countries of southeastern Europe. The lecture will include WW I, post-WW I formation of the country, WW II, and ultimately to the death of the Dictator Tito and the breakup of Yugoslavia. We'll discuss the current post-Balkan War situation and examine the societies, economies and governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia/Kosovo. How and why did a region with three distinct religions consisting of Russian Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholic and Islam; Multiple ethnicities consisting of Croats, Bosniaks, Serbs, Slovenes and other minorities; and five different languages become a successful country; only to fall into civil war by succumbing to nationalism, ethnic cleansing, and ultimately splinter into six independent countries? Can these countries prosper with their current governments and relations with each other?