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Bosnian Muslims in the Second World War


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The story of the Bosnian Muslims in World War II is an epic frequently alluded to in discussions of the 1990s Balkan conflicts, but almost as frequently misunderstood or falsified. This first comprehensive study of the topic in any language sets the record straight. Based on extensive research in the archives of Bosnia- Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, it traces the history of Bosnia and its Muslims from the Nazi German and Fascist Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941, through the years of the Yugoslav civil war, and up to the seizure of power by the Communists and their establishment of a new Yugoslav state. The book explores the reasons for Muslim opposition to the new order established by the Nazis and Fascists in Bosnia in 1941 and the different forms this opposition took. It de- scribes how the Yugoslav Communists were able to harness part of this Muslim opposition to support their own resistance movement and revolutionary bid for power. This Muslim element in the Communists' revolution shaped its form and outcome, but ultimately had itself to be curbed as the victorious Communists consolidated their dictatorship. In doing so, they set the scene for future struggles over Yugoslavia's Muslim question.

About the Author

Marko Attila Hoare is a Reader in history at Kingston University. He has been researching the history of the former Yugoslavia since the early 1990s.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Muslim Road to the Communist Triumph

in Yugoslavia

1. The dual Bosnian resistance: c. April 1941-April 1943

The Axis, the NDH and Bosnia-Hercegovina

The Serb uprising and the birth of the Bosnian Partisan movement

The origins of Muslim and Croat resistance

The KPJ and the Bosnian Muslims

The KPJ and the Bosnian Croats

The Muslim autonomist opposition

The Muslim National Military-Chetnik Organisation

The Muslim Memorandum to Hitler

The 13th SS Division 'Handschar'

Beginnings of a synthesis

2. The People's Liberation Movement underground: c. April 1941-April 1943

The importance of personal connections

The Ustasha-Communist overlap

The limits of Ustasha repression

Women in the NOP

The resistance in Sarajevo

The resistance in Banja Luka

Enemy infiltration of the NOP

The NOP and the Home Guard

3. The Muslim and Croat rebellion: c. April 1941-October 1943

The Chetnik 'March on Bosnia' and Muslim alienation from the Axis

The Nazi turn towards the Great Serbs

The 13th SS Division 'Handschar' as a catalyst to the Muslim revolt

The 16th Muslim Brigade

The revolt of the Muslim Legions and Home Guards

The first liberation of Tuzla

The rebellion of the Muslim notables

The rebellion beyond East Bosnia

The Muslim Liberation Movement

4. Bosnian assembly and Yugoslav federation: c. October 1943-April 1944

Tito censures the Bosnian leadership

The road to ZAVNOBiH

Republic or autonomous province?

The launch of the First Session of ZAVNOBiH

The speeches and actions of the First Session of ZAVNOBiH

Jajce: the Yugoslav Partisan capital

The Second Session of AVNOJ

Popularising the Bosnian parliament

Enemy responses to the Bosnian Partisan successes

5. Bosnian statehood and Partisan diversity: c. November 1943-April 1945

Expansion of the People's Liberation Movement

The Yugoslav road to Bosnian statehood

The Second Session of ZAVNOBiH

The problem of an expanding base

'Feminist errors'

The reconquest of Hercegovina

The 18th Croat Brigade

Huska Miljkovi? and the Una Operational Group

6. The liberation of Bosnia and Yugoslavia: c. April 1944-April 1945

The Independent State of Croatia crumbles

Liberating the towns from without and within

The battle for Banja Luka

The collapse of the Handschar Division

The liberation of Serbia

The liberation of Mostar

Sarajevo on the eve of liberation

The liberation of Zenica

7. Constructing a Bosnian nation-state: c. July 1944-December 1946

Organising the Bosnian state

The territorial organisation of Bosnia-Hercegovina

The Third Session of ZAVNOBiH

Serb unity vs Bosnian sovereignty

The Constituent Assembly of Yugoslavia

Did Bosnia-Hercegovina have the right to secede from Yugoslavia?

The Bosnian Constituent Assembly opens

The Bosnian coat of arms and flag

The Bosnian constitution is promulgated

8. Bosnia and the Muslims after liberation: c. April 1945-September 1950

The Communists besieged from below

The Republic and the army

The colonisation of Vojvodina

The Polish and Ukrainian minorities

The Communists and Christianity

The Muslim national identity and the Communist dilemma

Muslim pressure for national recognition

The Zulfikarpassi? affair

Women as the vanguard

Thermidor of the Muslims

Product Details

Hoare, Marko Attila
Oxford University Press, USA
Military - World War II
World History-Eastern Europe
Europe - Eastern
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30 b/w illus.
6.1 x 9.5 x 1.3 in 2.05 lb

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