chapter  7
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Improbable Nation

ByMario Apostolov

The Bosnian conflict illustrates in a tragic way the relationship between security and the problem of minorities. The three communities in this country are possessed by fear of turning into minorities, politically dominated by others. Bosnia and Herzegovina has a clear historical and territorial identity, but its society is divided along communal lines, which have turned into national distinctions (Woodward, 1995, p. 37). This chapter examines how the religious identity of the three communities has given way to nationalism and to three distinct cases of nation building.