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Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina
     

Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Ante Cuvalo
 
Diversity has been the core of Bosnia and Herzegovina's personality. Even its "dualistic" name and physical geography display a lack of homeogeneity. The medieval Bosnian state never enjoyed lasting political and ideological unity. Its rifts were feudal, regional, and religious in nature, or a combination of the three. Because of its location and by a quirk of

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Diversity has been the core of Bosnia and Herzegovina's personality. Even its "dualistic" name and physical geography display a lack of homeogeneity. The medieval Bosnian state never enjoyed lasting political and ideological unity. Its rifts were feudal, regional, and religious in nature, or a combination of the three. Because of its location and by a quirk of history, three major world religious and cultural traditions (Catholicism, Islam and Orthodoxy) became cohabitants in this small Balkan country. The recent birth of its statehood, however, has been exceptionally bloody and its diversity has been shaken. At the present time, it is hard to say if this new European country is in the process of remaking or of breaking itself. "The Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina" was created to assist the interested researcher in sifting through the long and complicated history of this region — from its first settlement by Paleolithic and Neolithic tribes, through the Roman, Medieval and Ottoman periods, to monarchical rule by the Austrians and Hungarians, incorporation into Yugoslavia, and through the war of aggression cum civil ethnic conflict to the implementation of the Dayton accord to the present day.

Author Biography: Ante Cuvalo (Ph.D., Ohio State University) currently teaches at Joliet Junior Colege in Joliet, Illinois, and has also held teaching positions at Ohio State University. He has written many articles dealing with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and the former Yugoslavia. He is a regular contributor and Associate Editor of "American Croatian Review", a quarterly journal published in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

In this update of a 1997 edition, Cuvalo (Joliet Junior Coll.), who is both an academic expert on the Balkans and a native of the region, treats his complex subject with breadth, depth, and clarity. While he does not neglect earlier periods, the most intensive sections of this dense volume deal with the complex sociopolitical aftermath of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which helped put an end to the civil war in the region. The work follows the standard format of the publisher's "Historical Dictionaries of Europe" series, which includes a chronology from antiquity to the present, a detailed introduction of the geography and history of the country, an alphabetical dictionary of 300 entries, and an up-to-date bibliography so extensive that it occupies nearly a quarter of the book and has its own table of contents. Additional sections on spelling, acronyms, and abbreviations provide important support for the English-language reader. Entries for organizations are alphabetized by the English translation of their name first, while publications such as newspapers are alphabetized by the original language name first.
—Nadine Cohen Baker

Booknews
A reference designed to assist the researcher in making sense of the long and complicated history of the region, from its first settlement by Paleolithic and Neolithic tribes through its civil ethnic wars and the implementation of the Dayton accord. Includes acronyms, a chronology, maps, and a substantial narrative introduction, followed by the dictionary covering significant people, movements, events, locations, and terms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
American Reference Books Annual
This work delivers much more than the title indicates. It will be of use for anyone doing research on either of these countries during any time period.
Reference and Research Book News
Provides entries on about 350 topics in Bosnia and Herzegovina's history, including its political, economic, religious, and social systems, events, and culture, with biographies of key figures. The entries are preceded by a historical introduction, and a chronology and an extensive bibliography are included.
Reference Reviews
A competant reference work packed with esoteric names and facts about a region of which we know little....A useful acquisition.
Rezensionen
Ante Cuvalo’s Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a serious piece of work by a scholar who knows his subject matte. It comprises a useful tool for both a specialist in, and a beginner to the study of Bosnia and Herzegovina….The summaries are generally of a high quality, and even the expert on Bosnian history will likely be able to glean useful information from them….if the reader should find an entry for what interests them in the dictionary, they are likely to be satisfied….The structure is a good one, rendering the book accessible and convenient as a reference work….In sum, Cuvalo’s historical dictionary is to be highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810833449
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
European Historical Dictionaries Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.10(d)

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Ante Cuvalo currently teaches at Joliet Junior College. He has authored three books and many articles dealing with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and the former Yugoslavia.

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