• Serbia regains control of Kosovo from the Turks during the First Balkan War.

  • Kosovo becomes part of the Kingdom of Serbia.

  • A majority of Kosovo  is controlled by Italy during World War II.

  • Following World War II, Kosovo is absorbed into the Yugoslav Federation.

  • The Yugoslav constitution recognizes Kosovo as an autonomous state, granting the province de facto self-government. 

  • Kosovo's autonomous status is stripped by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. 

  • Ethnic Albanian leaders of Kosovo declare independence from Serbia

  • Years of ethnic tension and armed unrest culminate in a brutal Serbian crackdown on Kosovo Albanians. 

  • NATO launches air strikes against Yugoslavia in an attempt to stop the crackdown. Hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albania refugees flee into neighboring countries. 

  • After months of air strikes, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic withdraws his troops from Kosovo. Both NATO and the UN establish peace forces in Kosovo.

  • A new Serbian constitution, which was approved in a referendum vote, declares Kosovo an integral part of Serbia

  • Kosovo declares independence. The declaration is rejected by Serbs, buy recognized by the United States and other major European powers.

  • The International Court of Justice rules that Kosovo's declaration of independence is not illegal under international law, as was alleged by Serbia.

  • Serbia and Kosovo reach a landmark deal in an attempt to normalize relations between the two nations. 


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