Bosnia and Herzegovina: History

  1. 1908

    Bosnia and Herzegovina is annexed to Austria-Hungary.

  2. 1914

    The Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated by a Bosnian Serb student in Sarajevo, precipitating the start of World War I.

  3. 1918

    Bosnia and Herzegovina becomes part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes after Austria-Hungary collapses at the end of the war.

  4. 1941

    Bosnia and Herzegovina is annexed by a pro-Hitler Croatian puppet state.

  5. 1945

    Bosnia is part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 1991.

  6. 1991

    A coalition government is formed by nationalists following the collapse of communism.

  7. 1995

    The Dayton peace accord creates two entities of similar size, one for Bosnian Muslims and Croats and the other for Serbs.

  8. 2008

    Bosnia signs a stabilization and association agreement with the European Union, which usually includes the development of political, trade, social, cultural, and security links.

  9. 2011

    Bosnia's Muslim, Croat, and Serb political leaders reach an agreement on the formation of a new central government.


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