YUGOSLAVIA: Conspiratorial Croats

Continental Europe has no more volatile and troublesome minority than the Croats of Yugoslavia. Dour and resentful, they have felt themselves second-class citizens in their own land for a thousand years, first under the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, and more recently under Yugoslavia's more numerous Serbs.* As a result, says Balkan Historian Dennison I. Rusinov, the Croats "have a case of permanent national paranoia," which has made Croatia a center of conflict and division at home, and a source of violent agitation for nearly every...