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Consumed by WarEuropean Conflict in the 20th Century$
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Richard C. Hall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125589

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.001.0001

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Balkan Wars, 1991–2001

Balkan Wars, 1991–2001

(p.226) Chapter 14 Balkan Wars, 1991–2001
Consumed by War

Richard C. Hall

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter describes the Balkan Wars from 1991–2001. The collapse of the Soviet Empire in eastern Europe in 1989 and the increasing Soviet problems at home eliminated the last remaining prop for the communist ideology in Yugoslavia. By then nationalism had emerged throughout the country. The strength of Serbian nationalism and the fear that the Serbs would attempt to return Yugoslavia to its pre-World War II status greatly alarmed the non-Serbian nationalities. Slobodan Milošević's squelching of the autonomy of Vojvodina and Kosovo in 1989 confirmed these concerns because it represented a direct assault on the federal structure of Yugoslavia. As he became more popular in Serbia, he became more feared elsewhere. Over the next two years, tensions increased throughout Yugoslavia as extremists on all sides began to arm for war.

Keywords:   Balkan Wars, Soviet Empire, eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Slobodan Milošević, Kosovo

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