Bosnia Herzegovin A Rough History

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Body: Bosnia-Herzegovina has a rough history, especially with its neighboring countries. Tensions in the Balkans increased after World War II. Bosnia-Herzegovina went from a prime example of cultural unity to the exact opposite due to the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was created at the end of World War I, when Bosnian, Croat, and Slovenian territories joined that of the Serbian Empire. Yugoslavia was split up during World War II, but was once again unified at the end by Josip Broz Tito. Due to cultural differences, remembrance of WWII events, and the death of Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia, once again, broke up in the early 1990s. My parents were born and raised in different parts of Yugoslavia, but with the break-up of Yugoslavia, and wars that followed between Bosnia and Serbia, my parents had to escape to Germany (where my brother and I would soon be born). Growing up I always heard about how great it was to live in a Yugoslavia that was ruled by Josip Broz Tito, it was a place where people got along with one another. However, that would soon change. In an essay written by Alan Fraser, he describes the conditions of Yugoslavia during the time of unity. In his opening sentence he says “the first thing I noticed about Yugoslavia was the ease and honesty, the trust people had for each other, treating one another like family.” The quote speaks volumes, especially coming from a foreigner to the region. Yugoslavia was truly a place where everyone got along with one

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