History of the Conflict
The Western Balkans have a long and complex history, and it extends well beyond the wars of the 1990's, which are largely the focus of our program. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about the region. For a quick history of the conflict, we recommend the following:
- A flash timeline of the wars, including interviews from some of our sources.
- Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation by Laura Silber and Allan Little provides a detailed history of the breakup of Yugoslavia.
- The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation offers a documentary and papers by regional students about the political myths that shaped and shape relationships in the former Yugoslavia.
B92 is a radio/television/online news source in Zagreb, Croatia. Our program typically visits their studios. Our link leads to their English language website.
- The US Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia
- The US Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia
- The US Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- The Balkans and the EU blog is produced by this program's faculty. It covers political and cultural developments in the Balkans.
- Matt Lutton's really, really great professional photo galleries.
- UW student Natalia Martinez Paz's blog about working in Bosnia.
- CHID staffer Theron Stevenson's blog and galleries from our 2005 Exploration Seminar.
- Seattle journalist Peter Lippman's dispatches from the Balkans.
Safe Area Goražde by Joe Sacco is an imbedded, partial, rich and humane account of a journalist's stay in an occupied city in Bosnia during the 1990s.