bosnia serbia conflict

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Bosnia Serbia Conflict, Genocide and the Present StageThe former Yugoslavia consisted of six republics and two autonomous regions. Today Bosnia andHerzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia are independent nations. Serbia and Montenegrocomprise the rump Yugoslavia.Bosnia and Herzegovina make up a triangular-shaped republic, about half the size of Kentucky, on theBalkan Peninsula. The Bosnian region in the north is mountainous and covered with thick forests. TheHerzegovina region in the south is largely rugged, flat farmland. It has a narrow coastline withoutnatural harbors stretching 13 miles (20 km) along the Adriatic Sea. It is an emerging democracy, witha rotating, tripartite presidency divided between predominantly Serb, Croatian, and Bosnian politicalparties.HistoryCalled Illyricum in ancient times, the area now called Bosnia and Herzegovina was conquered by theRomans in the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. and folded into the Roman province of Dalmatia. In the 4thand 5th centuries A.D, Goths overran that portion of the declining Roman Empire and occupied thearea until the 6th century, when the Byzantine Empire claimed it. Slavs began settling the regionduring the 7th century. Around 1200, Bosnia won independence from Hungary and endured as anindependent Christian state for some 260 years.The expansion of the Ottoman Empire into the Balkans introduced another cultural, political, andreligious framework. The Turks defeated the Serbs at the famous battle of

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