YUGOSLAVIA: Pigs to Books

The Karageorgevitch dynasty went down for the third time last week; it was the second time Russia's hand helped push it under.

Down Once. Black George, founder of the line, left his swineherd's hut to become the scourge of Serbia's Turkish masters. He was a choleric, heroic breeder of pigs and rebellion. He loved corn pone, plum brandy and killing (with his own hands he slew 125 men who provoked his anger; he stabbed his stepfather, hanged his brother).

But Serbia's big brother, Russia, intrigued against Serbia's new ruler. In 1817 Black George was murdered while asleep in a cave, his head...