Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Settled by Slavs in the 7th century, Bosnia was conquered by the Turks in 1463 when much of the population was gradually converted to Islam. At the Congress of Berlin (1878) the territory was assigned to Austro-Hungarian administration under nominal Turkish suzerainty. Austria-Hungary’s outright annexation in 1908 generated international tensions which contributed to the outbreak of the First World War. After 1918 Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of a new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes under the Serbian monarchy. Its name was changed to Yugoslavia in 1929. (See SERBIA and MONTENEGRO for developments up to and beyond the Second World War.)


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Further Reading

  1. Bieber, Florian, Post-War Bosnia: Ethnicity, Inequality and Public Sector Governance. 2005Google Scholar
  2. Burg, Steven L. and Shoup, Paul S., The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1999Google Scholar
  3. Cigar, N., Genocide in Bosnia: the Policy of Ethnic Cleansing. 1995Google Scholar
  4. Fine, J. V. A. and Donia, R. J., Bosnia-Hercegovina: a Tradition Betrayed. 1994Google Scholar
  5. Friedman, F., The Bosnian Muslims: Denial of a Nation. 1996Google Scholar
  6. Hoare, Marko Attila, The History of Bosnia: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day. 2006Google Scholar
  7. Holbrooke, R., To End a War. 1998Google Scholar
  8. Malcolm, N., Bosnia: a Short History. 2nd ed. 1996Google Scholar
  9. O’Ballance, E., Civil War in Bosnia, 1992–94. 1995CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Rieff, D., Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West. 1997Google Scholar
  11. Sells, M. A., The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia. 1996Google Scholar
  12. National Statistical Office: Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zelenih beretki 26, 71000 Sarajevo. Director: Zdenko Milinovic.Google Scholar

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