Key Historical Events. The country was settled by Slavs in the 7th century, the original clan system evolving between the 12th and 14th centuries into a principality under a Ban, during which time the Bogomil Christian heresy spread from Bulgaria in the Patarene form. Bosnia was conquered by the Turks in 1463, and many of the population were 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.
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