Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The now-independent nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina was once part of the Yugoslav Republic. With the disintegration of that country in the early 1990s, Bosnia declared its own independence in 1992. That declaration was followed by a three-year conflict among Bosnia's ethnic Bosniacs, Croats, and Serbs. Along with every other aspect of life, leisure and play in all its forms were severely disrupted. In the years since the Dayton Accords were signed in 1995 ending the conflict, play in all its forms has made a tentative return and in some cases has helped to rebuild the country. In the years before the conflict, perhaps the most popular form of group play had been soccer. Throughout Bosnia, soccer has always been very popular, whether it was children playing informal pickup ...