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The Yugoslav (Balkan) Wars - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In this online history course, you'll learn about the series of conflicts that took place from 1991-1999 in postwar Yugoslavia. At the start of the chapter, your instructor will familiarize you with the ethnic and partisan issues that faced the country after World War II, including the role of Slobodan Miloševi?. Key conflicts will be covered, as well as how they led up to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) involvement. After you've finished watching the videos and taking the self-assessments, you should be able to discuss:
- The 'Ten-Day War' and Slovenian independence
- The Croatian War of Independence
- The Bosnian War
- The Kosovo War
- Ethnic cleansing and war crimes during the Yugoslav Wars
|Ethnic and Political Tension in Postwar Yugoslavia||Summarize the ethnic and political dynamics in Yugoslavia after World War II, with a special emphasis on Slobodan Miloševi?'s role in the 1991-1999 conflicts.|
|The 'Ten-Day War' and Slovenian Independence||Identify the main events that led up to Slovenia's secession from Yugoslavia and the 'Ten Days War.'|
|The Croatian War of Independence||Summarize the causes and effects of the Croatian War. Provide a timeline of the war's events.|
|The Bosnian War (1992-1995)||Summarize the causes and effects of the Bosnian Wars. Provide a timeline of the war's events.|
|The Kosovo War: Causes, Timeline and NATO Involvement||Discuss the main causes and course of the Kosovo War, including those that led to the NATO bombing campaign in Yugoslavia.|
|War Crimes and Ethnic Cleansing in the Yugoslav Wars||Describe the ethnic cleansing and war crimes that took place during the Yugoslav Wars. Discuss the role of Slobodan Miloševi? in these atrocities, including references to his arrest, trial and eventual death in prison.|
1. Ethnic & Political Tension in Postwar Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia was cobbled together from spare pieces of multiple empires across history. Just like mismatched pieces of puzzle, it only fit together when forced. This lesson explains how Yugoslavia lasted so long before falling apart so completely.
2. The 'Ten-Day War' & Slovenian Independence
The Ten-Day War commenced as a result of Slovenia's declaration of secession on June 25, 1991. Learn more about the conflict, including the background, belligerents, combat, and ceasefire agreement.
3. The Croatian War of Independence
Held together by the sheer personality of Josip Tito, Yugoslavia was one of the more ethnically fractured countries in the world by the early 1990s. This lesson looks at the road to independence for one of its largest ethnic groups, Croatia.
4. The Bosnian War (1992-1995)
Despised by both sides of the Croat-Serb War, the Bosnians originally tried to maintain their neutrality. This lesson explains how neutrality turned into independence for one of Europe's few Muslim-majority societies.
5. The Kosovo War: Causes, Timeline & NATO Involvement
Kosovo was the last of the former Yugoslavian groups to declare its independence. This lesson details the journey of the Kosovars to independence, including the threat of ground troops by NATO.
6. War Crimes & Ethnic Cleansing in the Yugoslav Wars
For many, ethnic cleansing brings up images of WWII concentration camps. However, the reality is that such a past isn't as distant as you would think. This lesson explains ethnic cleansing in the Yugoslav Wars, and the trial and death of Slobodan Milosevic.
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