In point of international law, its existence may be said to date from Dec. I 1918, when the Prince-Regent Alexander of Serbia formally complied with the invitation of the Yugoslav National Council to assume the regency over the sister provinces also.
The Yugoslav movement was by no means a recent one, as is often assumed.
The Cuvaj regime had a magical effect in furthering the movement for Yugoslav unity.
This gave rise to sympathetic demonstrations in many Dalmatian and Bosnian towns, and to a series of interpellations and speeches by the Yugoslav and Czech deputies in the Parliament of Vienna.
The battle of Kumanovo in particular was greeted with indescribable enthusiasm throughout the Yugoslav provinces.