Bosnian Genocide
The Essential Reference Guide
by Paul R. Bartrop, Editor
January 2016, 355pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3868-2
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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Between 1992 and 1995, the worst conflict in Europe’s history since World War II took place.

Providing an indispensable resource for students and policy makers investigating the Bosnian catastrophes of the 1990s, this book provides a comprehensive survey of the leaders, ideas, movements, and events pertaining to one of the most devastating conflicts of contemporary times.

In the three years of the Bosnian War, well over 100,000 people lost their lives, amid intense carnage. This led to unprecedented criminal prosecutions for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity that are still taking place today. Bosnian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide is the first encyclopedic treatment of the Balkan conflicts of the period from 1991 to 1999. It provides broad coverage of the nearly decade-long conflict, but with a major focus on the Bosnian War of 1992–1995.

The book examines a variety of perspectives of the conflicts relating to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo, among other developments that took place during the years spotlighted. The entries consider not only the leaders, ideas, movements, and events relating to the Bosnian War of 1992–1995 but also examine themes from before the war and after it. As such, coverage continues through to the Kosovo Intervention of 1999, arguing that this event, too, was part of the conflict that purportedly ended in 1995. This work will serve university students undertaking the study of genocide in the modern world and readers interested in modern wars, international crisis management, and peacekeeping and peacemaking.


  • Provides nearly 150 entries—written in a clear and concise style by leading international authorities—that summarize the roles of the leaders involved in the Bosnian Conflict of 1992–1995 and beyond as well as contextualizing essays on various facets of the Bosnian Conflicts
  • Considers and evaluates the various strategies adopted by members of the international community in trying to bring the war to an end
  • Edited by renowned genocide scholar, Paul R. Bartrop, PhD
Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is an award-winning scholar of the Holocaust and genocide. He is professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL; vice-president of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association; and a past president of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies. His published works, as author and editor, include ABC-CLIO's A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good as well as Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide; The Genocide Studies Reader; Dictionary of Genocide; Teaching About the Holocaust: Essays by College and University and Teachers; Bolt from the Blue: Australia, Britain and the Chanak Crisis; Surviving the Camps: Unity in Adversity During the Holocaust; Australia and the Holocaust, 1933–45; and The Dunera Affair: A Documentary Resource Book. Bartrop has been a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and was for many years the Australian representative on the International Committee of the Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches.


"A superb addition to world-history shelves in public and college libraries."—Booklist, May 26, 2016

"Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels."—Choice, August 1, 2016

"Comparable entries in free sources like Wikipedia generally are shorter, lack references to scholarly monographs for wider reading, and assume that readers already recognize key personal and place names."—ARBA, November 11, 2016
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