Serbia with a difference
Serbia has always straddled East and West, not only in a geographical sense, but also politically and culturally. At first, Serbia found itself between the Byzantine and Roman empires, then it became a frontier between the Ottoman Empire and the Christian West. This centuries-long position in the path of conquering armies from both sides has led to constant migrations and the mixing of populations. The result is a multiethnic, multicultural and multiconfessional society in Serbia. The Serbian people’s greatest contributions to science, art and culture were made by the individuals included on the list of the 100 most famous Serbs. The list was compiled in 1993 by an expert committee comprising academics from the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, which then published a book titled The 100 Most Famous Serbs.