The Bosnian Muslims in the Second World War: A History

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Oxford University Press, 2013 - History - 478 pages
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The story of the Bosnian Muslims in World War II is an epic frequently alluded to in discussions of the 1990s Balkan conflicts, but almost as frequently misunderstood or falsified. This first comprehensive study of the topic in any language sets the record straight. Based on extensive research in the archives of Bosnia- Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, it traces the history of Bosnia and its Muslims from the Nazi German and Fascist Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941, through the years of the Yugoslav civil war, and up to the seizure of power by the Communists and their establishment of a new Yugoslav state. The book explores the reasons for Muslim opposition to the new order established by the Nazis and Fascists in Bosnia in 1941 and the different forms this opposition took. It de- scribes how the Yugoslav Communists were able to harness part of this Muslim opposition to support their own resistance movement and revolutionary bid for power. This Muslim element in the Communists' revolution shaped its form and outcome, but ultimately had itself to be curbed as the victorious Communists consolidated their dictatorship. In doing so, they set the scene for future struggles over Yugoslavia's Muslim question.
 

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Contents

The Muslim road to the Communist triumph in Yugoslavia
1
c April 1941April 1943
13
c April 1941April 1943
63
c April 1943October 1943
103
c October 1943April 1944
155
c November 1943April 1945
197
c April 1944April 1945
243
c July 1944December 1946
287
c April 1945September 1950
331
The rise and fall of the Bosnian Republic
379
Notes
383
Bibliography
437
Index
455
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Marko Attila Hoare is a Reader in history at Kingston University. He has been researching the history of the former Yugoslavia since the early 1990s.

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