History | Issues in Western European History
B300 | 2760 | Vuic


Above section open to undergraduates only

TOPIC:  PROBLEMS IN PEACEKEEPING:  WEST EUROPE, THE U.S., AND
YUGOSLAVIA

The purpose of this course is to explore the 20th century history of
Yugoslavia from the perspective of Western diplomacy and
international peacekeeping.  Created in 1918, Yugoslavia was a multi-
ethnic state of diverse peoples, languages, and religions.  Why
Yugoslavia came together in the first place, how it stayed unified
through two world wars, and how it fell ignominiously apart are
questions central to this course.   Also central is the fact that
when Yugoslavia collapsed in 1991, its division into smaller national
states led not only to civil war, but to a “crisis of Western
security” as well.  Both the United Nations (UN) and the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) intervened, yet they did so
reluctantly and with conflicting goals in mind.  This course,
therefore, will discuss the reasons for Western intervention.  It
will also discuss Yugoslavia’s impact on German, French, British,
American, Russian, and, to a lesser extent, Greek and Italian foreign
policies.  Other issues will include NATO-UN relations, media
coverage, refugee resettlement, foreign aid and reconstruction,
religion, and criminal indictments before the Yugoslav War Crimes
Tribunal.