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II. Context Of The Kosovo Crisis: The Dissolution Of Yugoslavia

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This chapter briefly discusses the context of the Kosovo crisis. It also describes the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) and the resulting conflicts. The story of the Balkans may appear to some as a protracted struggle between nations which consider themselves profoundly wronged by the inequities of history. In pursuit of their destiny, apparently denied to them by the outside world, they will in turn wrong others, triggering an endless exchange of injustices and brutal assaults. From this vantage point, the present conflict in Kosovo appears to represent merely the latest twist in this unbroken spiral of violent conflict between the Serbian and the Albanian nations that reaches back into the early Middle Ages ? the campaign for a greater Serbia and a greater Albania respectively. The chapter also provides a general overview to the phases of the kosovo conflict 1989 - 1999.

Keywords: Albanian; Balkans; dissolution; early Middle Ages; Kosovo crisis; Serbian; Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY)



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