Tuzla, Bosnia: Cross-Ethnic Solidarity in the Face of Ethnic Cleansing

August 2002 | Marshall Wallace

The city of Tuzla, in northeastern Bosnia, has been an ethnically mixed city for centuries, with a population of Muslims, Croats, and Serbs living together. During the Balkan War of 1992-1995, while almost every other municipality saw ethnic strife and active ethnic cleansing, Tuzla remained ethnically mixed and united around a common identity.

How was Tuzla able to resist the pressures of the conflict? Why was Tuzla able to maintain a common identity while other similar municipalities splintered?

 

Suggested Citation: Wallace, Marshall. Tuzla, Bosnia: Cross-Ethnic Solidarity in the Face of Ethnic Cleansing. Case Study, Cambridge, MA: CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, 2002.