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Tim Goloversic,


In this course we will examine the required steps to peacefully re-build a country after a war. We will do this by studying the history of the Balkans to discover how geography, conquest, religion, and war combined to mold the modern religious and cultural diversities in the countries of southeastern Europe. Our studies will begin with the Roman Latin and Greek influence on the region, move to the Ottoman Empire, through the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the post-WW I formation of the country, WW II, and ultimately to the death of the Dictator Tito and the breakup of Yugoslavia. Students will research the current post-Balkan War situation and examine the societies, economies and governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia/Kosovo. Some questions we want to answer during our studies are: How and why did a region with three distinct religions consisting of Russian Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholic, and Islam; Multiple ethnicities consisting of Croats, Bosniaks, Serbs, Slovenes, and other minorities; and five different languages become a successful country only to fall into civil war by succumbing to nationalism, ethnic cleansing, and ultimately splinter into six independent countries? Can these countries prosper with their current governments and relations with each other?



Allcock, John B.: Explaining Yugoslavia. New York: Columbia University Press, (2000)

Holbrooke, Richard: To End a War (1999)

Glenny, Mischa: The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, 1804–1999 (London: Penguin Books Ltd, 2000)

Recommended Readings:

Hemon, Aleksandar.: The Book of My Lives (2013)

Kaplan, Robert D.: Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History (2005)

West, Rebecca.: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia



The Death of Yugoslavia: BBC Documentary, Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War: Bogdanich, George: 1999 In the Land of Blood and Honey: The World’s Most Wanted Man: Frontline: PBS How Yugoslavia’s Destroyers Harnessed the Media: Frontline: PBS Srebenica, A Cry from the Grave Bosan!: Exile in Sarajevo: A Tale of Multiculture under Siege





The three major assignments in this course are:

1. Students will individually research a topic assigned by the instructor, write a four page essay on the topic, and present their findings to the class in a 15 minute presentation. Be prepared to answer questions and defend your research after your presentation in a 15 minute answer/question session.

2. Groups of two students will research and present a topic to the class. You will have 30 minutes for this oral presentation plus an additional 15 minutes for discussion/questions. Writing is not required for this assignment, but the use of multi-media and a bibliography are required.

3. For the final paper students will be divided into groups of three and assigned specific topics/ethnic groups to research about post-Yugoslavia deciding if the region will ultimately prosper by analyzing the political, historical, religious, economic, and social driving factors that currently affect the Balkan region. Students will use critical thinking to derive conclusions on whether Yugoslavia should have remained a country or if breaking up into individual countries was positive for the region and peace. The paper will also include persuasive arguments based on research and characterized by original and insightful theses using knowledge that integrates ideas and methods from different disciplines. The focus of the research will be to make recommendations to an organization such as the United Nations or State Department about the effectiveness of using the former Yugoslavia as a model to peacefully end other ongoing conflicts. The groups will present their findings in a document modeled after an internal governmental white paper consisting of a one page executive summary with an additional 10 to 12 pages of writing.


Tim Goloversic spent over nine months in the Balkans working with the U.S. Army, NATO, The United Nations, and Multinational Forces during the late 1990s as part of the peace keeping/enforcement force. He is a contributing author and researcher to the Lessons from Kosovo : The KFOR Experience, Defense Technical Institute Publication. During his time in the Balkans he assisted with planning and executing operations to ensure peace was maintained to include humanitarian missions. Tim holds an MBA from IUP, an MS in International Relations from Troy University, and a BS in Aeronautics from ERAU.