The Former Yugoslavia–Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina:

LonelyPlanet.com’s Bosnia and Herzegovina page begins by describing this formerly war-torn nation as the “most easterly point of the West and the most westerly point of the East.” Its Flickr slideshow bears this out; there’s a mix of Western and Eastern architecture, with the skyline of traditional Central European villages (such as this one) peppered with minarets, and an ethnic diversity of people in cities like Sarajevo–people who really did once live together in peace.Â

Bosnia and Herzogovina’s unique musical form is the Sevdalinka, which mix Turkish, Bosnian, Muslim religious and even Jewish/Sephardic music, such as a song we sing in class, “Kad ja podjoh na Benbasu.”

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