Bosnian History

Dec 2008
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A while back I posted a thread asking very specific questions about life in Bosnia during the 1820s. I'm in the process of writing a story, and am in need of further assistance. I have some more questions for you all, any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. What were villages like in Sarajevo in the 1830s? What kind of houses were they?

2. What was the typical diet like for people of lower class in Sarajevo in the 1830s?

3. What was the town of Sarajevo like? I do know that during the 1830s it had a higher population than New York City. How was it set up? What were the various occupations available for people?

EDIT: Sorry, I think this would've been more appropriate in the European History forum...
 

Patito de Hule

Ad Honorem
Jan 2009
3,333
Minneapolis, MN
A while back I posted a thread asking very specific questions about life in Bosnia during the 1820s. I'm in the process of writing a story, and am in need of further assistance. I have some more questions for you all, any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. What were villages like in Sarajevo in the 1830s? What kind of houses were they?

2. What was the typical diet like for people of lower class in Sarajevo in the 1830s?

3. What was the town of Sarajevo like? I do know that during the 1830s it had a higher population than New York City. How was it set up? What were the various occupations available for people?

EDIT: Sorry, I think this would've been more appropriate in the European History forum...
Have you read The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric?
 

Patito de Hule

Ad Honorem
Jan 2009
3,333
Minneapolis, MN
No. It's a broad 300-year panorama, and an absolutely great book. Not much of Sarajevo in particular, though.

SYNOPSIS
The Bridge on the Drina is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late 16th century to the beginning of World War I. As we seek to make sense of the current nightmare in this region, this remarkable, timely book serves as a reliable guide to its people and history.

"No better introduction to the study of Balkan and Ottoman history exists, nor do I know of any work of fiction that more persuasively introduces the reader to a civilization other than our own. It is an intellectual and emotional adventure to encounter the Ottoman world through Andric's pages in its grandiose beginning and at its tottering finale. It is, in short, a marvelous work, a masterpiece, and very much sui generis. . . . Andric's sensitive portrait of social change in distant Bosnia has revelatory force."—William H. McNeill, from the introduction

"The dreadful events occurring in Sarajevo over the past several months turn my mind to a remarkable historical novel from the land we used to call Yugoslavia, Ivo Andric's The Bridge on the Drina."—John M. Mohan, Des Moines Sunday Register

Born in Bosnia, Ivo Andric (1892-1975) was a distinguished diplomat and novelist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. His books include The Damned Yard: And Other Stories, and The Days of the Consuls.