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Bosnia and Herzegovina
     

Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Michael A. Schuman
 
The Nations in Transition series explores the independent governments formed after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia. The series is designed to give readers and researchers clear and thought-provoking portraits of each of these nations. Each volume surveys the history, culture, and political and social changes of the past few years

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The Nations in Transition series explores the independent governments formed after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia. The series is designed to give readers and researchers clear and thought-provoking portraits of each of these nations. Each volume surveys the history, culture, and political and social changes of the past few years and includes 25-35 photos, a chronology of key events, easy-to-understand maps, and a further reading section.

The war in Bosnia ended in 1995 with the signing of the Dayton peace agreement, which created a two-tier government in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A multiethnic national government took charge of foreign and economic policy, and two regional governments -- the Bosniak/Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska -- managed internal affairs. This new volume in the Nations in Transition series provides an in-depth look at the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country's ethnic conflict and its history, and the difficulties it faces in implementing the terms of the peace agreement.

Comprehensive in scope, Bosnia and Herzegovina begins with an overview of the country's history, from Roman times to the present. In a style that is clear and concise, the book continues to examine the complicated government structure and diverse religious communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as its economic situation, culture, daily life, and major cities.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The first third of this book is a survey of the area from its prehistory through the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia and the civil war that caused so much suffering in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Schuman handles this complex history in a clear, graceful manner. In the second part, he deals with the repercussions of the conflict on the economy and on social relations among the factions, which expertly shows both the progress that has been made and the fragility of the situation. The account of the problems in education, especially in the teaching of history, is particularly well done. On the other hand, less detail is given to the lack of integration of the economies of the two parts of the state. Cultural topics such as film, literature, religion, and daily life are all addressed, and there is a slim chapter on major cities as well. There is a chronology through October 2002, a list of suggestions for further reading, in addition to the many Web sites that dominate the author's footnotes, and about two dozen, appropriate black-and-white photos. Eric Black's Bosnia (Lerner, 1999) and Hal Marcovitz's The Balkans: People in Conflict (Chelsea, 2002) cover similar ground, yet Schuman's focus is different enough to make this title a good addition to large collections.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816050529
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Nations in Transition Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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