I'm currently writing a scene set in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1990. What I'm trying to find out is how much information would have been available to my character about the mounting political/ethnic tensions within Yugoslavia at the time. He's around 20, and pretty apathetic about the whole thing (which I believe would have been unusual), so it's not like he'll be actively seeking out information, I just want to know what was easily available to anyone.
Does anyone know how much media coverage there was relating to this in Bosnia? I understand it was probably written about a lot in newspapers, but I don't know if there would have been much television coverage, and whether or not the information available would be free media or propaganda, and whether this would have been mostly pro-seperatist or pro-unionist.
I've spoken to a Slovenian friend of mine who was around 9 at the time. Though she doesn't remember a great deal, she did say that there was a lot of intelsely passionate feeling about Slovenian independance (on both sides), and those who wanted independance were trying to get it into the media as much as possible to generate regional and international support. Does anyone know if it was the same story in Bosnia? She told me that the reason most Slovenians wanted independance was because they had a lot of resources and industry, but the 'profit' (for lack of a better word) was mostly used in areas like Bosnia that had less resources and industry of their own to rely on, as per Tito's 'Fraternity and Unity' policy. She said the Slovenians wanted to be able to use their industry to support and develop themselves, but she wasn't sure what the main reason for the seperatist movement in Bosnia was.
The information I've found online is mostly about the Slovenian and Croation declerations of independance, and the subsequent violence as a result, and while I've got enough information on how the Bosnian decleration of independance escaleted into war, I still don't really know why most ordinary Bosnians may have wanted independance in the first place. I've found that the vote for independance was over 99% in favor, possibly facilited by the Bosnian Serb assembly members asking the Serbs to boycott the vote, but it doesn't explain why so many Bosnians really felt that it was in their interest to seceed from Yugoslavia. I understand the socialist system was collapsing, and there'd been concerns from Slovenia and Croatia that Serbia had too much power in the Yugoslav system, but did ordinary Bosnians really think this constituted a need for independance, or was there more to it?
Also, if anyone has any personal experiance of what Bosnia (especially Sarajevo) was like in the leadup to the war, that would be really invaluble. I want this novel to be very much focusing on how Bosnia's complex and turbulant history has affected the people on the ground.