Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina. By Mitja Velikonja. Translated by Rang'ichi Ng'inja. [Eastern European Studies, Number 20.] (College Station: Texas A & M University Press. 2003. Pp. xiv, 365. $45.00.)

The book under review joins a host of others on the break-up of Yugoslavia, and in this case with particular focus on Bosnia. It is a revised edition of a 1998 work, originally appearing in Slovenia by a Slovene professor at the University of Ljubljana.

The book would have been better entitled if its existing title had been preceded by "The Road to," for the author correctly argues that Bosnia has had a long history of tolerance, with few aberrations, until the middle of the twentieth century when outside events brought about tensions and violence among its various religio-ethnic groups.

The author treats Bosnia's society from the Early Middle Ages to the present, a huge period which means that treatment of issues must be brief. And since ethno-nationalism is a modern phenomenon, his major focus is on the various religious groups that were basic to the forming of the modern ethnic groups. Besides the Orthodox, Catholics, and Muslims, he does not ignore the Jews. His treatment is well balanced, and he realizes, which many authors do not, that many issues and figures are not entirely black or white.

Velikonja's discussion of even modern individuals and events is also by necessity brief. He does not hide the role of many Catholic clergymen in the Ustasa regime. He realizes that Archbishop Stepinac is neither black nor white and shows both the very negative and positive aspects of his behavior as well as the context within which he operated and the ulterior motives of many of those who entered the debate about him after World War II. …

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