Milan Gulić, THE BIRTH OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERB KRAJINA
In the complex circumstances of the civil war and the disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, several new states were created (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia), and during the wars several para-states were formed without being internationally recognized. In the course of 1991, on the territory of the Republic of Croatia, amidst the bloody civil war, the Republic of Serb Krajina was born. Its birth was the result of a transformation of the former Serb autonomous districts into a republic, with the aim of strengthening the position of the Serb people in Croatia on both the international arena and within Yugoslavia. The process of its creation lasted seven whole years, from the proclamation of the Serb Autonomous District of Krajina, through the formation of the Serb District of Slavonia, Baranja, and Western Srem, and the Serb Autonomous District of Western Slavonia, to the unification of the three regions into one, the Republic of Serb Krajina. This paper is based on archival materials, published sources, memoirs, periodicals, and relevant literature.