Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina

We know we all came from Africa once. If 'we' define ourselves by (selective) ancestry. What makes people indigenous? What makes a people? The 'Slavic People' that populate the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina arrived in the area around the 6th to 9th century. Before that, it was home to the Illyrian people and the Celts. The places we think of as Celtic (far away in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Brittany) are the remnants of people who fled the farthest. Bosnia was ruled by the Ottoman empire from 1463 - 1878, then under the Austro-Hungarian empire up till the World Wars which struck two fatal blows to the age of Empires ruled by small national elites. The end wasn't smooth. First it was part of Yugoslavia (Kingdom 1918-1941, Socialist Federal Republic 1945-1992) then there was more war. An independent constitution came in 1995. Modern unions, institutions and cross-border agreements are attempting to figure out how the balance between the dysfunctions of Nationalism and Imperialism.

Far from Bosnia
Celtic Nations

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