Eastern Europe – Yugoslavia Experience Created after WWI as a “buffer zone” Artificial country not created by ethnic pride and/or nationalism Integrated Slavic peoples as “Yugo” (South) “Slavia” One border encompassed many peoples, many ethnic loyalties, many religious differences From 1949 to 1980 ruled by Josip (Josef) Broz Tito (Marshal Tito) Strong, Totalitarian Leadership held the country together.
After Josip Tito No strong central government, no experience operating without a dictator Removal of Soviet oversight opened the door for choice Winter Olympics showcased the new Yugoslavia Within 10 years there was war, ethnic cleansing, religious and cultural polarization and irredentism
Current Map Some stability based on religious and cultural affiliations Lingering “war crimes” issues and resentment of the fratricidal behaviors These issues were held in check by a totalitarian regime –What happens after the lid comes off the “melting pot”? –Resemble any other region? What about Kosovo?