Bosnia Herzegovina: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country of contradictions, whereEast meets West, and where several ideologies have come together toevolve into a vibrant, diverse culture. While there may be muchthat the Western visitor will find familiar in the day-to-day lifehere, the differences can be startling.Bosnia is a unique combination of religious values, communistsecularism, Western attitudes, and Eastern practices. The peopleare warm, open, and eager to move forward - but are hampered bytheir memories of a conflict-filled past. And whilst Westernattitudes are often espoused, the society remains somewhatconservative and upholds traditional gender roles. In sum, nothingcan be taken for granted.Bosnia is a beautifully complex country, and a country at acrossroads. With its dramatic history and uncertain future, it isunlike any other part of Europe. The culture can be confusing, andthe bureaucracy frustrating. Culture Smart! Bosnia will help you tounderstand the quirks of Bosnian society and introduce you to afriendly, hospitable people who are proud of their history butpessimistic about their future. The well-informed visitor, armedwith knowledge about the cultural context behind the dos anddon’ts, will be rewarded with new friends, warm hospitality, and adeeper understanding of this fascinating land.