Lead: The suffering of Sarajevo in the 1990s recalls the events of another time in which through Sarajevo the world was led to war.

Intro: A Moment In Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Before World War I, Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina were separate countries. Many Serbs desired to bring together all ethnic Serbs into one national state. The problem was that this struck at the interests of Austria-Hungary. That empire was made up of many ethnic groups, and if the Serbs were allowed to carve out their own little country from the hip of the Empire, Austria’s future was in serious doubt. To block this in 1908 Vienna formally absorbed the provinces of Bosnia and Hercegovina, each with large Serbian ethnic populations. 

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