The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention

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This is a probing examination of the historical, cultural, and political dimensions of the crisis in Bosnia and the international efforts to resolve it. It provides a detailed analysis of international proposals to end the fighting, from the Vance-Owen plan to the Dayton accord, with special attention to the national and international politics that shaped them. It analyzes the motivations and actions of the warring parties, neighboring states, and international actors including the United States, the United Nations, the European powers, and others involved in the war and the diplomacy surrounding it. With guides to sources and documentation, abundant tabular data, and over thirty maps, this will be the definitive volume on the most vexing conflict of the post-Soviet period. One reviewer commented: "Superb! There is nothing like it. Extraordinarily knowledgeable and well-documented. It has depth, it's insightful, and it's intelligent. The analysis is brilliant; it captures the goals and motives ofthe parties as well as their priorities. It will get lots of attention.
 

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Contents

Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention
9
Conflict and Accommodation in Bosnian
16
Bosnia Before World War II
34
The National Question in Bosnia in the Titoist Period
40
Competitive Elections and Ethnic Polarization
46
The Choice Between Accommodation and Conflict
56
The Descent into War
62
The Dissolution of Yugoslavia and of Bosnia
69
The VanceOwen Plan
214
The Death of the VanceOwen Plan and the U S Proposal
250
The EU Action Plan and the Demise of the ICF Y
281
CroatMuslim Relations and the Establishment
292
Formation of the Contact Group
298
Toward Coercive Diplomacy
307
Conclusion
314
The Military Dimension of Western Policy
337

The Role of the International Community
79
Independence
105
Could Bosnia Have Been Saved?
120
The War on the Ground 199294
128
The Major Crises 199394
140
The UN Mission Under Attack
159
Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide
169
Conclusion
185
The International Community Is Drawn In
203
ThelCFY
211
The Military and Political Dimensions Are Integrated
348
The Dayton Agreement
360
Conclusion
381
Chapters Dilemmas of Intervention
388
Crisis Intervention
398
The Road to Dayton
407
CeaseFire Peace or Partition?
415
Bibliography of Works Cited
469
Index
483
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About the author (1999)

Burg is Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University.

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