The term “Western Balkans” in official terms is quite new that is used for the first time not earlier than in 2004. It is referred to a geographical region in Southern Europe comprising of seven independent states which all together have an area of 264,279 is slightly larger the size of Romania or its Eastern neighbour. Historically, it was of strategic importance that saw frequent conquests by various invaders and empires coming mostly from Mediterranean and Black Sea direction. Its history was also changing faster than in the rest of Europe from internal struggles as a clash between national and cultural differences that could not be merged into a more harmonious coexistence. Today, the Western Balkans is a completely surrounded region by the European Union member states to which it aspires to join. This article observes this distinct region of Europe since Roman Empire to the present day and assumes its further perspective.
Perspectiva istorică asupra Balcanilor de Vest în contextul Mării Negre şi al Mediteranei