Introduction: Understanding the Partisan-Chetnik Conflict

Marko Attila Hoare

in Genocide and Resistance in Hitler’s Bosnia

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263808
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734458 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Introduction: Understanding the Partisan-Chetnik Conflict

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to present a history of the birth and rise of the Partisans in Bosnia-Hercegovina, as a Communist-led movement of resistance to the German and Italian occupiers and their domestic collaborators; of the emergence of a Chetnik movement as a conservative, Serb-nationalist rival to the Partisans; and of the conflict between the two. It analyses the impact that the conflict with the Chetniks had on Partisan policy and organization, and the evolution of the Partisan movement under the influence of this conflict. Finally, it examines the sequence of events that enabled the Partisans to emerge effectively as the victors in the contest with the Chetniks in Bosnia-Hercegovina by the autumn of 1943, and the reasons for the Partisan success. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Partisans; Chetniks; Bosnia-Hercegovina; war; former Yugoslavia

Chapter.  5248 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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