Borneman - Chapter 05
This chapter places the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia (SFRY) and the subsequent wars in Croatia and
Bosnia-Herzegovina in the context of the leadership and death of
Yugoslavia's postâ€“World War II leader, Josip Broz Tito. The violent
destruction of Yugoslavia beginning in 1991 contrasted starkly with the
peaceful passing of its creator eleven years earlier. Yet while the
actual death of Yugoslavia and of its leader were very different, the
slow weakening and disintegration preceding the death of both the
leader and the state he had ruled were similar and interconnected.
Furthermore, the violent death of the state structure and the
destruction of the country's social fabric that paved the way for the
birth of ethnonationalist independent states were more akin to the
violent birth of the same state structure as a result of the Tito-led
partisan struggle during World War II.