Bosnia: Land of Immigrants
In 1994 Noel Malcolm the British historian published his "Bosnia: A Short History". Ever since it has served as a first port of call for anyone interested in a general introduction to the subject. In 2007, Marko Attila Hoare, an academic at Kingston University, published his new history of the country. It is a major addition to the cannon. A considerable portion of the book concentrates on the period 1941-45, which Hoare argues was "the pivotal event of modern Bosnian history: the point at which a combination of long-term and short-term accidents brought to fruition the development of Bosnia-Hercegovina in the form of a nation state. Its birth was neither accidental nor predetermined; it is by no means certain that Bosnia-Hercegovina would have emerged as a state had not Nazi Germany destroyed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and created the space for something new to emerge… ." In these extracts Hoare explains how all of Bosnia's three main nationalities, Serbs, Croats and Muslims (Bosniaks) had assimilated large numbers of others over the centuries to become the people they are now.
Muslims of various nationalities, including Albanians, Turks and Gypsies, arrived in Bosnia during the Ottoman period and assimilated into the Muslim Slavs. Individuals from many different nationalities converted to Islam in Ottoman Bosnia and thereby joined the Bosnian Muslims
The History of Bosnia: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day. Marko Attila Hoare. 2007.
[pp. 43-44 / Saqi]