Life is a long road on a short journey. Among them is the metaphor of life as a battle.
Naming[ edit ] The war s have alternatively been called: Creation of Yugoslavia and Breakup of Yugoslavia Map of the six Yugoslav republics and autonomous provinces at the time. The Yugoslav Partisan movement was able to appeal to all groups, including Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks. Slovenia and Croatia desired greater autonomy within the Yugoslav confederation, while Serbia sought to strengthen federal authority.
As it became clearer that there was no solution agreeable to all parties, Slovenia and Croatia moved toward secession. Although tensions in Yugoslavia had been mounting since the early s, it was that proved decisive.
In the midst of economic hardship, Yugoslavia was facing rising nationalism among its various ethnic groups. By the early s, there was no effective authority at the federal level.
The communist leadership was divided along national lines. Serbia secured four out of eight federal presidency votes  and was able to heavily influence decision-making at the federal level, since all the other Yugoslav republics only had one vote.
This prompted the Croatian and Slovene delegations to walk out and thus the break-up of the party,  a symbolic event representing the end of " brotherhood and unity ". Hart, author of Partisans: War in the Balkans —, the ethnically mixed region of Dalmatia held close and amicable relations between the Croats and Serbs who lived there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
However, by the time of the outbreak of the Yugoslav Wars, any hospitable relations between Croats and Serbs in Dalmatia had broken down, with Dalmatian Serbs fighting on the side of the Republic of Serbian Krajina.
Even though the policies throughout the entire socialist period of Yugoslavia seemed to have been the same namely that all Serbs should live in one stateDejan Guzina argues that "different contexts in each of the subperiods of socialist Serbia and Yugoslavia yielded entirely different results e.
He assumes that the Serbian policy changed from conservative—socialist at the beginning to xenophobic nationalist in the late s and s. Slovenian police and Slovenian Territorial Defence blockaded barracks and roads, leading to stand-offs and limited skirmishes around the republic.
After several dozen casualties, the limited conflict was stopped through negotiation at Brioni on 7 Julywhen Slovenia and Croatia agreed to a three-month moratorium on secession.
The Federal army completely withdrew from Slovenia by 26 October Most Serbs fled during Operation Storm in The Croatian War of Independence began when Serbs in Croatiawho were opposed to Croatian independenceannounced their secession from Croatia.
He promoted nationalist policies and had a primary goal of the establishment of an independent Croatia. The new government proposed constitutional changesreinstated the traditional Croatian flag and coat of arms and removed the term "Socialist" from the title of the republic.
Their boycott escalated into an insurrection in areas populated by ethnic Serbs, mostly around Knin, known as the Log Revolution. On 2 Mayone of the first armed clashes between Serb paramilitaries and Croatian police occurred in the Battle of Borovo Selo. Due to the Brioni Agreementa three-month moratorium was placed on the implementation of the decision that ended on 8 October.
The JNA was ostensibly ideologically unitarian, but its officer corps was predominantly staffed by Serbs or Montenegrins 70 percent. The Croatian Serb rebels were unaffected by the embargo as they had the support of and access to supplies of the JNA.
The fighting rapidly escalated, eventually spanning hundreds of square kilometers from western Slavonia through Banija to Dalmatia. Border regions faced direct attacks from forces within Serbia and Montenegro. By the end of October, the town was almost completely devastated from land shelling and air bombardment.
Most of the Serb population in the reclaimed areas became refugees, and these operations led to war crimes trials by the ICTY against elements of the Croatian military leadership in the Trial of Gotovina et al.
Bosnian War People waiting in line to gather water during the Siege of SarajevoInconflict engulfed Bosnia and Herzegovina. The war was predominantly a territorial conflict between the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina chiefly supported by Bosniaksthe self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpskaand the self-proclaimed Herzeg-Bosniawho were led and supplied by Serbia and Croatia respectively, reportedly with a goal of the partition of Bosnia.
The conflict, typified by the years-long Sarajevo siege and Srebrenicawas by far the bloodiest and most widely covered of the Yugoslav wars. In Januarythe two former allies engaged in open conflict, resulting in the Croat—Bosniak War. After the successful Flash and Storm operations, the Croatian Army and the combined Bosnian and Croat forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducted an operation codenamed Operation Mistral to push back Bosnian Serb military gains.
Pressure was put on all sides to stick to the cease-fire and negotiate an end to the war in Bosnia. The war ended with the signing of the Dayton Agreement on 14 Decemberwith the formation of Republika Srpska as an entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina being the resolution for Bosnian Serb demands.
Kosovo War — [ edit ] Main article: Kosovar Albanians were fired in large numbers from public enterprises and institutions, including banks, hospitals, the post office and schools.
Kosovar Albanian teachers were prevented from entering school premises for the new school year beginning in Septemberforcing students to study at home.Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
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Photograph: William Ismail/Reuters Abu Yahya, his wife and four children are squeezed together on a sofa. This is their living room and now. And our only hold on life was the hope that the war would be over soon.” “Morale, I thought, kept up because you were with people,” Herndon Inge said. “That as long as you were with other.
After nine months at war, he was finally due for a few short days of R&R outside the battle zone. Mueller had seen intense combat since he last said goodbye to his wife. He’d received the Bronze. There is a distinction between war and battle. War implies an ongoing state of flux whereas battle is the actual shift taking place in a small increment of .