When did the Serbs in Republika Srpska give up on the idea of joining Serbia?

Futurist

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The Yugoslav Wars began in 1991 and thus appear to be a legitimate topic for discussion here.

Anyway, when did the Serbs in Republika Srpska (in Bosnia and Herzegovina) give up on the idea of joining Serbia? Was it when NATO militarily intervened in the Bosnian War?
 

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Well, most Bosnian Serbs are still in favor of joining Serbia.
That makes sense, but when did the leadership of Republika Srpska officially give up on this goal? Or did they never officially give up on this goal--even after the Dayton Agreement was signed?
 

Maki

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#4
Dayton Agreement made any such union extremely unlikely, but it is not simple as that. I will write about it later today.
 
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Maki

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You asked when did the Srpska Serbs give up on their dream of joining Serbia. However, perhaps we should ask another question: was the war leadership of Republika Srpska willing to unify Srpska with Milošević's Serbia? Bosniak and Croat historiography paints a rather simplistic picture of Srpska's goals: unification with Serbia and the creation of Greater Serbia. But, it was not as simple as that. Relationship between Srpska's leadership under Radovan Karadžić and Serbia's leadership under Slobodan Milošević was not really good, Milošević wanted to force Karadžić to simply obey orders from Belgrade, which Karadžić refused. Therefore, Milošević even attempted to overthrow Karadžić, but failed due to Karadžić's popularity and authority among Serbs from Srpska. When this failed, Milošević decided to try and widen the conflict between Karadžić and Ratko Mladić, the head of the Army of Republika Srpska. He succeeded in doing this. Serbia even imposed sanctions on Srpska and put up a blockade on the river Drina, the border between Serbia and Srpska. This of course resulted in Serbs from Srpska feeling betrayed. Karadžić then used this to try to convince the leadership of Serbian Krajina to pursue more independence from Milošević, since Milošević would betray them as well.

Now, would a person like Radovan Karadžić (a person who really liked authority) ever accept a union with a country whose leader attempted to overthrow him? My answer is probably no.
 
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You asked when did the Srpska Serbs give up on their dream of joining Serbia. However, perhaps we should ask another question: was the war leadership of Republika Srpska willing to unify Srpska with Milošević's Serbia? Bosniak and Croat historiography paints a rather simplistic picture of Srpska's goals: unification with Serbia and the creation of Greater Serbia. But, it was not as simple as that. Relationship between Srpska's leadership under Radovan Karadžić and Serbia's leadership under Slobodan Milošević was not really good, Milošević wanted to force Karadžić to simply obey orders from Belgrade, which Karadžić refused. Therefore, Milošević even attempted to overthrow Karadžić, but failed due to Karadžić's popularity and authority among Serbs from Srpska. When this failed, Milošević decided to try and widen the conflict between Karadžić and Ratko Mladić, the head of the Army of Republika Srpska. He succeeded in doing this. Serbia even imposed sanctions on Srpska and put up a blockade on the river Drina, the border between Serbia and Srpska. This of course resulted in Serbs from Srpska feeling betrayed. Karadžić then used this to try to convince the leadership of Serbian Krajina to pursue more independence from Milošević, since Milošević would betray them as well.

Now, would a person like Radovan Karadžić (a person who really liked authority) ever accept a union with a country whose leader attempted to overthrow him? My answer is probably no.
Yeah, I agree that Karadzic would have been unlikely to voluntarily unify with Serbia. That said, though, what about after Karadzic's retirement or death (in the event that he would not have been removed from power, that is)?

Also, as a side question, what was the maximum extent of Republika Srpska's territorial claims?
 

Maki

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Srpska wanted to divide Sarajevo into Serb and Bosniak parts. This is pretty much what happened so today we have Sarajevo, a part of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Istočno Sarajevo (Eastern Sarajevo), a part of Republika Srpska.
 
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