Empires have to begin and end somewhere, and in Europe the Balkans are the beginning and ending of East and West, and North and South.  Within the Balkans, it is Bosnia where everything comes crashing together.  As Saint Sava said in the thirteenth century, “…we are doomed by fate to be the East in the …

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If a church is corrupt enough and gives little enough care to its adherents, at some point its followers will be tempted to follow something else.   This was the case in tenth century Bulgaria, where the Orthodox Church provided a breathtakingly rich pageantry full of jewel encrusted costumes, but gave little care to the …

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“At first we were confused. The East thought that we were West, while the West considered us to be East. Some of us misunderstood our place in the clash of currents, so they cried that we belong to neither side, and others that we belong exclusively to one side or the other. But I tell …

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Od Kulina Bana i dobrijeh dana — Since Kulin Ban and the good old days There has been enough upheaval in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina that a saying about the best of times could be expected as a simile in any story (and if there is one thing Bosnia is full of it …

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“Hard times create great men. Strong men create good times.  Good times create weak men.  And weak men create hard times.” G. Michael Hopf The golden age of Bosnia is generally accepted to center around one particular man – Ban Kulin.  Certainly he didn’t come to power in easy and posh world-circumstances – when he …

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