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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

Book News Annotation:

An accessible account for general readers of the political and cultural history of Bosnia, exploding some myths about the origins and continuation of the present terrible strife.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Despite the dominance of scientific explanation in the modern world, at the beginning of the twenty-first century faith in miracles remains strong, particularly in resurgent forms of traditional religion. In Miracles, David L. Weddle examines how five religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—understand miracles, considering how they express popular enthusiasm for wondrous tales, how they provoke official regulation because of their potential to disrupt authority, and how they are denied by critics within each tradition who regard belief in miracles as an illusory distraction from moral responsibility.

In dynamic and accessible prose, Weddle shows us what miracles are, what they mean, and why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, they are still significant today: belief in miracles sustains the hope that, if there is a reality that surpasses our ordinary lives, it is capable of exercising—from time to time—creative, liberating, enlightening, and healing power in our world.

Synopsis:

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

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-322) and index.

About the Author

Widely published, Noel Malcolm is a political columnist for London's Daily Telegraph and has covered the Balkans for fifteen years. He lives in London and is currently working on a biography of Thomas Hobbes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814755204
Subtitle:
A Short History
Author:
Malcolm, Noel
Author:
Weddle, David
Publisher:
NYU Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Yugoslavia
Subject:
Bosnia and hercegovina
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Bosnia and Hercegovina Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19940701
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
374
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Despite the dominance of scientific explanation in the modern world, at the beginning of the twenty-first century faith in miracles remains strong, particularly in resurgent forms of traditional religion. In Miracles, David L. Weddle examines how five religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—understand miracles, considering how they express popular enthusiasm for wondrous tales, how they provoke official regulation because of their potential to disrupt authority, and how they are denied by critics within each tradition who regard belief in miracles as an illusory distraction from moral responsibility.

In dynamic and accessible prose, Weddle shows us what miracles are, what they mean, and why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, they are still significant today: belief in miracles sustains the hope that, if there is a reality that surpasses our ordinary lives, it is capable of exercising—from time to time—creative, liberating, enlightening, and healing power in our world.

"Synopsis" by , 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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