This presents a detailed historical account of German diplomacy in the first year of the Yugoslav crisis and a thorough analysis of the issues that Germany and the international community faced at the time. Written by the German diplomat responsible for the conduct of German policy on the working level, the book is a first-hand view of the motives, perceptions and actions of the German government. Part 1 is a chronological treatment of the responses of the European Community and of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe to developments on the ground - in particular, the military conflict in Croatia and the German role in shaping these responses. Part 2 provides a systematic treatment of the causes of the confict and the major issues raised by the Yugoslav crisis, such as questions concerning self-determination, frontiers, the role of history, and the recognition of successor states. Taken together, the two parts provide a comprehensive analysis of the origins of international involvement in the Bosnian war.