Montenegrins (Montenegrin: Crnogorci, Crnogorci) are a South Slavic people, associated with Montenegro. Slavs have been present in the region since the 6-7th century. Montenegro got its name during the rule of the Crnojevic dynasty which was the first Montenegrin royal house. After the violent Christmas Uprising (1919), which saw fighting between the pro-Petrovic guerillas and the Karadjordjevic troops, there was significant opposition to unification with Serbia although a majority of Montenegrin people were in favour of unification. After the end of World War II the population changed overwhelmingly in favour of separate Montenegrin ethnicity (91%) due to Montenegrin self awareness. Following the collapse of Communism in Yugoslavia, however, some Montenegrins began to self-identify as Serbs again, while the largest proportion of citizens of Montenegro still preserved their Montenegrin self-identification - Christians and Muslims all together.
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