Bosnia: A Short History

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NYU Press, 1996 - History - 360 pages
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This updated edition of Noel Malcolm's highly-acclaimed Bosnia: A Short History provides the reader with the most comprehensive narrative history of Bosnia in the English language. Malcolm examines the different religious and ethnic inhabitants of Bosnia, a land of vast cultural upheaval where the empires of Rome, Charlemagne, the Ottomans, and the Austro-Hungarians overlapped. Clarifying the various myths that have clouded the modern understanding of Bosnia's past, Malcolm brings to light the true causes of the country's destruction. This expanded edition of Bosnia includes a new epilogue by the author examining the failed Vance-Owen peace plan, the tenuous resolution of the Dayton Accords, and the efforts of the United Nations to keep the uneasy peace.

What went wrong in the country where Christians and Muslims mingled and tolerated each other for over five centuries? It was a land with a vibrant political and cultural history, unlike any other in Europe, where great powers and religions-the empires of Rome, Charlemagne, the Ottomans; the faiths of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, and Islam overlapped and combined. In this first English-language history of Bosnia, Noel Malcolm provides a narrative chronicle of the country from its beginnings to its tragic end. Clarifying the various myths that have clouded the modern understanding of Bosnia's past, Malcolm brings to light the true causes of the country's destruction: the political strategy of the Serbian leadership, the conflict between the city and the countryside, the fatal inaction and miscalculations of Western politicians. Putting the Bosnia war into perspective, this volume celebrates the complex history of a country whose past, as well as its future, has been all but erased. At last, here is the guide for the general reader seeking a comprehensive and accessible account of the war in the former Yugoslavia.

Table of Contents

A Note on Names and Pronunciations
Maps
Introduction
1. Races, myths and origins: Bosnia to 1180
2. The medieval Bosnian state, 1180-1463
3. The Bosnian Church
4. War and the Ottoman system, 1463-1606
5. The Islamicization of Bosnia
6. Serbs and Vlachs
7. War and politics in Ottoman Bosnia, 1606-1815
8. Economic life, culture and society in Ottoman Bosnia, 1606-1815
9. The Jews and the Gypsies of Bosnia
10. Resistance and reform, 1815-1878
11. Bosnia under Austro-Hungarian rule, 1878-1914
12. War and the kingdom: Bosnia 1914-1941
13. Bosnia and the second world war, 1941-1945
14. Bosnia in Titoist Yugoslavia, 1945-1989
15. Bosnia and the death of Yugoslavia: 1989-1992
16. The destruction of Bosnia: 1992-1993
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

  

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Review: Bosnia: A Short History

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

A good, in-depth history. Some aspects a bit unclear, or would have been if I didn't have some prior knowledge, but on the whole a great overview. Read full review

Review: Bosnia: A Short History

User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

I approached Balkan history wondering why there's such calamity between Serbs and Croats, after having had to sit (when Mayor Comitta was taking West Chesterians to the UNHQ) in the Bosnia and ... Read full review

Contents

Bosnia to 1180
1
The medieval Bosnian state 11801463
13
The Bosnian Church
27
War and the Ottoman system 14631606
43
The Islamicization of Bosnia
51
Serbs and Vlachs
70
War and politics in Ottoman Bosnia 16061815
82
Economic life culture and society in Ottoman
93
Bosnia 19141941
156
Bosnia and the second world war 19411945
174
Bosnia in Titoist Yugoslavia 19451989
193
19891992
213
19921993
234
A short survey of events 19931995
253
Notes
273
Glossary
317

The Jews and the Gypsies of Bosnia
107
Resistance and reform 18151878
119
Bosnia under AustroHungarian rule 18781914
136

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About the author (1996)

Noel Malcolm is a political columnist for London's Daily Telegraph.

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