Revolution and Change in Central and Eastern Europe: Political, Economic, and Social Challenges

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Yugoslavia-- The Bosnian Civil War

One of the first challenges to the newly independent Republic of Bosnia- Herzegovina was an explosion of civil war. The war threatened the well-being, even the survival, of the new state, absorbing most of its attention, resources, and energy.


Roots and Causes

At the root of the conflict, though by no means the main cause of it, was the anti-Muslim nationalism of the republic's Serb minority exacerbated by its move to independence, which left Serbs under the leadership of a Muslim- dominated central government in Sarajevo. Cut off administratively from the federation government in Belgrade and the Yugoslav Republic of Serbia, the Bosnian Serbs were fearful of the future. Christian Serb prejudices toward Muslim Slavs persisted for centuries, long after the two groups had learned to coexist peacefully with each other.


1. Historical Roots

Serbs in Bosnia, as well as in the Republic of Serbia and other parts of Yugoslavia, pointed to the Muslim Turkish conquest of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Slavic people in the late fourteenth century, which ended with the establishment of Sarajevo as a predominantly Muslim city. In that period, when many Slavic

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - Roots and Causes of Communist Collapse 3
  • Conclusions 22
  • 2 - Problems of Postcommunist Development 23
  • Conclusions 51
  • 3 - Albania 53
  • Conclusions 82
  • 4 - Bulgaria 83
  • Conclusions 111
  • 5 - From Czechoslovakia to the Czech and Slovak Republics 113
  • Conclusions 152
  • 6 - East Germany 155
  • Conclusions 178
  • 7 - Hungary 181
  • Conclusions 216
  • 8 - Poland 219
  • Conclusions 263
  • 9 - Romania 265
  • Conclusions 298
  • 10 - Yugoslavia-----Collapse and Disintegration 299
  • Conclusions 331
  • 11 - Yugoslavia--The Bosnian Civil War 341
  • Conclusions 389
  • Conclusions 391
  • Notes 405
  • Bibliography 453
  • Index 471
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