Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Polity on the Brink (Postcommunist by Francine Friedman

By Francine Friedman

First released in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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The republics occupied more or less their historic borders, but Serbia was singled out for special attention by the communists. Two autonomous provinces, Vojvodina and Kosovo, were created within Serbia’s borders to reflect the presence of large and fairly tightly clustered minority groups of Hungarians and Albanians, respectively. Serbia’s power within Yugoslavia was further weakened when Macedonia (heretofore sometimes referred to by Serbs as “Southern Serbia”) became an independent republic. The exception to this neat federal creation was Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This agreement dispensed with the idea of Yugoslavism, officially acknowledging the separateness of the Serbs and Croats. The Sporazum also established a Croatian banovina, whose lands included traditionally Croat-inhabited lands, but also Herzegovina and some other territories historically part of Bosnia, without regard to the preferences of the Bosnian Serbs and Muslims living in those areas. The enlarged Croatian banovina was given wide discretion to control most of its own provincial matters.

In times of economic stress, political stability and social tolerance are stressed immeasurably. This was clearly the case in Yugoslavia. 135 Unemployment in some of the underdeveloped regions may have exceeded 50 percent. There were permanent shortages of such essentials as gasoline, detergent, coffee, and electricity. ”136 The IMF and other international creditors demanded that an increasingly shaky Yugoslavia make major structural reforms to its economy if it wanted further support. Yugoslavia’s federal system no longer worked to the benefit of its constituents, but rather to the benefit of its international creditors.

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