Week 2 Assignment - Bosnia: Muslims and Croats Stephanie...

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Bosnia: Muslims and Croats Stephanie Price SOC/120 University of Phoenix Abstract Bosnia is one of the small countries that emerged from the break-up of Yugoslavia. That was the result of World War I by the Western Allies that were victorious. Since Yugolslovia was
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composed of different ethnic groups and religious groups that had been longtime rivals. These enemies include the Serbs (Orthodox Christians), Croats (Catholics), and the ethnic Albanians (Muslims). The following article will address the common issues in Bosnia including the rival between the Croats and the Muslims. In the country of Bosnia there are different religious beliefs which include Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. The two main religious beliefs that clash are the Muslims and the Croats which are also known as the Roman Catholics. The reason for the different cultures is due the split of Yugoslavia after World War I. During World War II, Yugoslavia was invaded by Nazi Germany and was partitioned. Finally this merged Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Vojvodina together. The leader of the Soviet Union, Tito, who was a very strong leader, played one superpower against the other
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during the Cold War. A new leader arose in the 1980’s that used nationalism and religious hatred to gain power. He inflamed the long-standing tension between Muslims and Serbs. This caused the Orthodox Christian Serbs to feel mistreated by the Albanian Muslim’s and they lost their independence which was regained in 1991 when Slovenia and Croatia both declared independence from Yugoslavia which shortly after resulted in Civil war. “The National identity for Bosnia is tied to ethnic and religious identity. The majority of Bosnians
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