When the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina broke out a baffled world sought explanations from a range of experts who offered a variety of reasons for the conflict. The author of this study takes Bosnian affairs seriously and in so doing makes it much easier to grasp why the war occurred.
Part 1 The ruling system: society and economy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1945-1980; politics in the 1970s; the party and the population. Part 2 The end of strong rule: broader origins of problems; the Agrokomerc scandal; broader aspects of the scandal; consequences for the system. Part 3 Civil society - its emergence and its limits: introduction and definitions; manifestations of civil society; reaction of the ruling party. Part 4 The rise of nationalism and the communists: the Yugoslav context; impact on Bosnia-Herzegovina; Serbia's involvement in Bosnian affairs; the end of the league of communists.