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Civil Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia
A look at the civil conflict which erupted in war in the former Yugoslavia.
# 143358 | 2,000 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper evaluates various competing theories of ethnicity, grievance, political entrepreneurialism, and state capacity in order to determine which had the most power to explain the origins of Yugoslavian civil conflict. The paper concludes that Davies' (Marx-inspired) theory of degradation, which accommodates the instrumentalist and political opportunism theories of civil unrest, is the most appropriate explanatory model for the former Yugoslavia.

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"The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), formed in 1946, went down in blood and fire in 1991, when the SFRY's constituent peoples--the Serbs, Croats, Slovenians, and Bosnians--entered into a civil war. The resulting civil conflict, which lasted over a decade at varying levels of intensity, had complex origins. The simultaneous presence of ethnic hatreds, historical grievances, and a dissolving state renders an untangling of these origins particularly challenging. The purpose of this essay is to evaluate competing theories of ethnicity, grievance, political..."

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