A Concise History of Bosnia integrates the political, economic and cultural history of this fascinating, beautiful, but much misunderstood country. Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary literature, this objective and engaging history covers developments in the region up to the present day and offers an accessible interpretation of an often contested and controversial history. Importantly, Cathie Carmichael looks at Bosnia over the long term, moving away from a narrow focus on the 1990s to offer a historical rather than a nationalist perspective on events. Integrated within the narrative account, there is a particular focus on the themes of culture and religion, and the effect of geography and regional changes in the landscape on Bosnian history. Engaging and authoritative, the book succinctly explores how Bosnia has changed over many centuries, and focuses on the dynamic and creative aspects of Bosnia's past as well as the darker elements.
Cathie Carmichael is Professor of History at the University of East Anglia and has been Head of School since 2012. She studied in London, Ljubljana and Bradford and completed her PhD in 1993 under the supervision of John B. Allcock. She is the author and editor of several books including Slovenia and the Slovenes: A Small State in the New Europe (2000, with James Gow), Language and Nationalism in Europe (2000, co-edited with the late Stephen Barbour), Ethnic Cleansing in the Balkans: Nationalism and the Destruction of Tradition (2002) and Genocide before the Holocaust (2009). She is an editor of the Journal of Genocide Research.
1. Introduction; 2. Bosnia, Herzegovina and the Ottoman empire (1463-1912); 3. Rebellion, war and the Habsburgs (1875-1918); 4. Royalist Yugoslavia, the independent state of Croatia and the Second World War (1918-45); 5. Bosnia and the communist experiment; 6. Bosnian independence, war and genocide; 7. Conclusion: 'unmixing' Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bibliography; Index.