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Dr. Ante Čuvalo: Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007, 2nd edition
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  01/14/2008 | Croatians in B&H , History | Unrated
Extensive bibliography occupies nearly a quarter of the book

Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2nd edition

by Ante Cuvalo

ISBN: 0810850842, Publisher: Scarecrow Press, 2007-08
504 pp


Editor's Foreword, Jon Woronoff
Note on Spelling
Acronyms and Abbreviations
About the Author

In this update of a 1997 edition, Cuvalo (Joliet Junior Coll.), who is both an academic expert on the Balkans and a native of the region, treats his complex subject with breadth, depth, and clarity.

While he does not neglect earlier periods, the most intensive sections of this dense volume deal with the complex sociopolitical aftermath of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which helped put an end to the civil war in the region. The work follows the standard format of the publisher's "Historical Dictionaries of Europe" series, which includes a chronology from antiquity to the present, a detailed introduction of the geography and history of the country, an alphabetical dictionary of 300 entries, and an up-to-date bibliography so extensive that it occupies nearly a quarter of the book and has its own table of contents. Additional sections on spelling, acronyms, and abbreviations provide important support for the English-language reader. Entries for organizations are alphabetized by the English translation of their name first, while publications such as newspapers are alphabetized by the original language name first.

English-language reference works on the Balkans are few, and when it comes to Bosnia , this is pretty much it. Fortunately, the book rises to the occasion, providing information not easily available online. The only drawback is that the line-drawn maps are of poor quality; still, this is recommended for all academic libraries supporting Slavic and Balkan studies programs and public libraries where there is interest.

- Nadine Cohen Baker, Univ. of Georgia, Athens


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More information about the book

The book provides entries on about 350 topics in Bosnia and Herzegovina's history, including its political, economic, religious, and social systems, events, and culture, with biographies of key figures. The entries are preceded by a historical introduction, and a chronology and an extensive bibliography are included. - November 2007, REFERENCE & RESEARCH BOOK NEWS

Diversity has always been at the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina's character; even its dual name and physical geography display a particular heterogeneity. The medieval Bosnian state never enjoyed lasting political and ideological unity as its feudal, regional, and religious rifts pulled at the country's seams. Furthermore, because of its location and by a quirk of history, three major world religious and cultural traditions (Catholicism, Islam, and Orthodoxy) became cohabitants in this small Balkan country. Recently, the rebirth of its statehood has been exceptionally bloody and its diversity has been shaken. Even eleven years after the guns were silenced, the country is still under the "benevolent" protection of the international community, whose officials are keeping the state-building process in perpetual suspense, with no final result in sight.

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina sheds light on the uncertain situation Bosnia and Herzegovina faces, while providing essential background information. This is accomplished through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and more than 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individual topics spanning Bosnia and Herzegovina's political, economic, religious, and social system along with short biographies on important figures.

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 1998 (1st Ed.)

Ante Cuvalo currently teaches at Joliet Junior College. He has authored three books and many articles dealing with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and the former Yugoslavia.


CUVALO, ANTE Professor - Author

Ante Cuvalo came to the United States in the 1960s. He received a bachelors degree in philosophy from St. Francis College, Burlington, Wisconsin; a master's degree in history from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, and a doctorate in history from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.  He is presently teaching at Joliet Jr. College, Joliet, Illinois.  He has written many articles dealing with Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the former Yugoslavia.

He is the author of The Croatian National Movement 1966-1972 (1990), and co-author and editor of Croatian and the Croatians (1991). His Historical Dictionary of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997) was selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1998. His latest book is Removing the Mask - Letters and Statements Concerning Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina 1989-2000 (2000). Presently, he is doing research on the history of Croatians in Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), vice president of the Croatian Academy of America (CAA), and president of the Association for Croatian Studies (ACS).

Source:, Adam Eterovich

Front cover of the first, 1997 edition

Formated for CROWN by prof.dr. Darko Žubrinić
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