The Industrialized World

The World Today Part I


essential question icon Recall the Essential Question

A map shows the republics of Yugoslavia, from northwest to southeast: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Macedonia. An inset map shows the location of the former nation in southeastern Europe, just north of Greece.

Each of the former Yugoslav republics had distinct ethnic identities and cultures. Without the autocratic rule of Josip Tito, there was little to hold them together.

Recall the unit Essential Question: What are the benefits and risks of interdependence?

How does the Greek debt crisis illustrate interdependence? Jot down your ideas. Revisit and revise your thoughts as you move through the lesson and learn about interdependence in the region today. Consider, too, how global economic interdependence helps and hurts nations in the European Union as well as former Soviet republics.

The Breakup of Yugoslavia

Picture a handful of marbles held in a sack. What happens if the sack is cut? Most likely, the marbles roll out on their own. For decades, Dictator Josip Broz Tito held together many lands and ethnic groups in Yugoslavia until his death. Around the same time of his passing, Soviet influence in the region began to degrade until it failed, too. The tie around the bag was cut, and the bag fell open. What do you think happened to Yugoslavia?

Select the play button to access the “Yugoslavia Breaks Apart” Flipped Video from the Realize™ website. As you watch the video, answer the following questions:

  1. What role did ethnic tension play in the breakup of Yugoslavia?

  2. What role did the United States play in the resolution of the wars in the Balkans?

This video is best viewed in the Chrome browser.

Select the link to check your answers.

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