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To what extent was the Serbian government guilty of war crimes during the Balkan Wars?

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´╗┐Laura Bremer History HL Mr. Slosek November 11, 2012 To what extent was the Serbian government guilty of war crimes during Balkan Wars? Yugoslavia, meaning land of the south Slavs, was a nation that was formed out of the ashes of the first World War. It was built up of the dominantly catholic regions of Slovenia and Croatian and the orthodox regions of Serbia and Montenegro, the ethnically divided Bosnia, which was divided by catholic Croats, orthodox Serbs and Muslim Slavs and Kosovo with a majority of the population being Muslim. ...read more.


Serbia?s aim in the Balkan wars of 1991-1999 was not to restore Yugoslavia but more to create a Greater and more powerful Serbia. However, the way that Serbia went about gaining power was in a series of events such as ethnic cleansing, massacres and genocide. Especially during the Bosnian war, a lot of force was used in order to put across the Serbian plan that they had which aimed at linking Serb populated areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to gain power over these areas to create a separate Serbian state where all non Serbs would be removed from. ...read more.


Serbians also displaced and expelled over 170,000 Croats from areas that the Serbs wanted to control. Serbians committed a number of massacres such as the Saborsko massacre, the Vukovar massacre and the Vocin massacre. A number of Serbian run prion camps were run that kept Croatian war prisoners. Even though the above mentioned events only cover a small amount of the gruesome events that the Serbians committed during the Yugoslavian war, but by looking at the mentioned events it can clearly be seen that the Serbians took extreme measures and didn?t stop from violence in order to create a more powerful Serbian state. Therefore, the Serbian government was guilty of committing a large number of war crimes. ...read more.

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