In 1389, the battle of the "field of blackbirds" in Kosovo, saw the rout of Serbs and the consecration of Ottoman rule. The roots of Serbian nationalism are rooted in that defeat. To commemorate the memory of that date, six hundred years later, Slobodan Milosevic decided to bend the Albanian majority in Kosovo by removing the autonomous status of the province granted by Tito. This decision triggered a strong protest Kosovars bloodily suppressed. From 1990 to 1999 Kosovo live repression and war.