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The Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
(Serbian and Bosnian: Срби у Босни и Херцеговини / Srbi u Bosni i Hercegovini) are one of the three constitutive nations (State-forming nations) of the country, predominantly residing in the political-territorial entity of Republika Srpska. In the other entity Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
Serbs
Serbs
form the majority in Drvar, Glamoč, Bosansko Grahovo and Bosanski Petrovac. They are frequently referred to as Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
(Serbian and Bosnian: Босански Срби / Bosanski Srbi) in English, regardless of whether they are from Bosnia or Herzegovina. They are also known by regional names such as Krajišnici ("frontiersmen" of Bosanska Krajina), Semberci (Semberians), Bosanci (Bosnians), Birčani (Bircians), Romanijci (Romanijans), Posavci (Posavians), Hercegovci (Herzegovinians). Serbs have a long and continuous history of inhabiting the present-day territory of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and a long history of statehood in this territory. From the 15th to the 19th century, Orthodox Serbs
Serbs
in modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
were often persecuted under the Ottoman Empire, causing many of them to flee the area. In the 20th century, persecution by Austria-Hungary, WWII genocide, political turmoil and poor economic conditions caused more to emigrate.  Ethnic cleansing
Ethnic cleansing
within Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s saw Serbs
Serbs
forced to different parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina, although having lived in numerous regions prior of Bosnia to the Bosnian Civil War. According to the report by the Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
statistics office, on the census of 2013 there were 1,086,733 Serbs
Serbs
living in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Middle Ages 1.2 Ottoman rule 1.3 Austro-Hungarian rule 1.4 World War I 1.5 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats
Croats
and Slovenes 1.6 World War II 1.7 Communist Yugoslavia 1.8 Bosnian Civil War

2 Demographics

2.1 Demographic history

2.1.1 Medieval Bosnia and Ottoman Empire

2.1.1.1 Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
and Kingdom of Serbs, Croats
Croats
and Slovenes (Kingdom of Yugoslavia)

2.1.1.1.1 World War II

2.1.1.2 Communist Yugoslavia

2.1.1.2.1 Bosnian Civil War

3 Politics

3.1 State level 3.2 Federal level 3.3 Political parties

4 Culture

4.1 Architecture and art 4.2 Language and literature 4.3 Music 4.4 Theatre and cinema 4.5 Folklore 4.6 Education 4.7 Religion 4.8 Sport

5 Notable people 6 References 7 Sources 8 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Bosnia and Herzegovina Middle Ages[edit] Further information: Serbia
Serbia
in the Middle Ages Serbs
Serbs
settled the Balkans in the 6th and 7th centuries. According to De Administrando Imperio
De Administrando Imperio
(ca. 960), the Serbs
Serbs
had settled what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina. They inhabited and ruled "Serbia", which included "Bosnia" (with two inhabited cities; Kotor and Desnik), and "Rascia", and the maritime principalities of Travunija, Zahumlje
Zahumlje
and Paganija, the first two having been divided roughly at the Neretva river (including what is today Herzegovina). Serbia
Serbia
was at the time ruled by the Vlastimirović dynasty. During the rule of Mutimir (r. 851-891), the Serbs
Serbs
were Christianized.

Časlav, Prince of the Serbs

The Serbs
Serbs
were important Byzantine allies; the fleets of Zahumlje, Travunia
Travunia
and Konavli
Konavli
(Serbian "Pomorje") were sent to fight the Saracens
Saracens
who attacked the town of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) in 869, on the immediate request of Basil I, who was asked by the Ragusans for help.[2] Territory of Bosnia was ruled by several Serbian dynasties, almost in the entire continuity of the Middle Ages. Bosnia or most of its present-day areas were ruled by Vlastimirovic, Vojislavljevic, Nemanjic, and Kotromanic dynasties. Prince Petar (r. 892-917), defeated Tišemir in Bosnia, annexing the valley of Bosna.[3] Petar took over the Neretva, after which he seems to have come into conflict with Michael, a Bulgarian vassal ruling Zahumlje
Zahumlje
(with Travunia
Travunia
and Duklja).[4] Prince Časlav
Časlav
Klonimirović (r. 927-960) managed to unite all mentioned Serb territories and established a state that encompassed the shores of the Adriatic Sea, the Sava
Sava
river and the Morava valley as well as today's northern Albania. Časlav
Časlav
defeated the Magyars
Magyars
on the Drina
Drina
river banks when protecting Bosnia, however, he was later captured and drowned in the Sava. After his death, Duklja
Duklja
emerged as the most powerful Serb polity, ruled by the Vojislavljević dynasty. Constantine Bodin
Constantine Bodin
(r. 1081–1101) installed his relative Stefan as Ban of Bosnia. Next, the Nemanjić dynasty
Nemanjić dynasty
acquired the rule of the Serbian lands. With the establishment of the autocephalous Serbian Church, Archbishop Sava founded the Metropolitanate of Zahumlje
Zahumlje
(1217–19). The progenitor, according to Porphyrogenitos, was the prince that led the Serbs to the Balkans during the reign of Heraclius (r. 610–641)[5]. The author gives the early genealogy: "As the Serb Prince who fled to Emperor
Emperor
Heraclius" in the time "when Bulgaria was under the Rhōmaíōn" (thus, before the establishment of Bulgaria in 680), "by succession, his son, and then grandson, and so on, of his family rules as princes. After some years, Višeslav is born, and from him Radoslav, and from him Prosigoj, and from him Vlastimir."[5]. The time and circumstances of the first three rulers are almost unknown[5]. It is supposed that Višeslav ruled in c. 780, but it is unclear when Radoslav and Prosigoj would have ruled. When the Serbs
Serbs
were mentioned in 822 (the oldest mention of them) in the Royal Frankish Annals ("the Serbs, who control the greater part of Dalmatia"; ad Sorabos, quae natio magnam Dalmatiae partem obtinere dicitur) one of those two must have ruled Serbia.[5] Dalmatia, in the antique period, stretched from modern-day Dalmatia far into the hinterland, northwards close to the  Sava
Sava
river, and eastwards to the Ibar river.[5] Višeslav's great-grandson  Vlastimir
Vlastimir
began his rule in c. 830, and he is the oldest Serbian ruler of which there is substantial data on. Vlastimir
Vlastimir
united the Serbian tribes in the vicinity[6][7]. The Serbs
Serbs
were alarmed, and most likely consolidated due to the spreading of the Bulgarian Khanate towards their borders (a rapid conquest of neighbouring Slavs)[8][9], in self-defence[8][10], and possibly sought to cut off the Bulgar expansion to the south (Macedonia)[7]. After the victory over the Bulgars, Vlastimir's status rose[10], and according to Jr. Fine, he went on to expand to the west, taking Bosnia, and Herzegovina (Zahumlje)[11]. Vlastimir
Vlastimir
married off his daughter to Krajina, the son of a local župan of Trebinje, Beloje, in c. 847–48.[12] With this marriage, Vlastimir elevated the title of Krajina to archon.[12] The Belojević family was entitled the rule of Travunija. Krajina had a son with Vlastimir's daughter, named Hvalimir, who would later on succeed as župan of Travunia. Vlastimir's elevation of Krajina, the practical independence of Travunija, shows, according to Živković, that Vlastimir
Vlastimir
was a Christian ruler who very well understood the monarchal ideology that developed in the early Middle Ages.[13]

Serbia
Serbia
and Serb lands in the 9th and 10th century, under the rule of Vlastimirovic dynasty

Časlav
Časlav
takes the throne in 927, with the death of the Bulgar Khan, and immediately puts himself under Byzantine overlordship. Eastern Christian (Orthodox) influence greatly increases and the two maintain close ties throughout his regn. He enlarged Serbia, uniting the tribes of Bosnia, Herzegovina, Old Serbia and Montenegro (incorporated Pagania, Zahumlje, Travunia, Konavle, Bosnia and Rascia into Serbia, ι Σερβλια). He took over regions previously held by Michael Višević, who disappears from sources in 925. The De Administrando Imperio describes his realm: the shores of the Adriatic Sea, the  Sava
Sava
river and the Morava valley as well as today's northern Albania. Five decades later, Jovan Vladimir emerges as the Prince of Serbs, ruling as a Bulgarian vassal from his seat at Bar. A possible descendant, Stefan Vojislav, leads numerous revolts in the 1030s against the Byzantine Emperor
Emperor
(the overlord of the Serbian lands), successfully becoming independent by 1042. His realm included all lands earlier held by Časlav Klonimirović, and he would be eponymous to the second Serbian dynasty, the Vojislavljevići, who were based in Duklja. The latter may possibly be a branch of the Vlastimirović dynasty. A cadet branch of the Vojislavljević dynasty, the Vukanovići, emerge as the third dynasty in the 1090s. It was named after Grand Prince Vukan who held Rascia (the hinterland) under his cousin King of Duklja Constantine Bodin (ca. 1080–1090) in the beginning, but denounced any overlordship in 1091 when he had raided much of the Byzantine towns of Kosovo and Macedonia. The Nemanjić dynasty, the most powerful dynasty of Serbia, is founded with the emergence of Stefan Nemanja, also a descendant of the same line. Constantin Bodin, who ruled from 1080 to 1101. Bodin fought Byzantium and Normans further to the south, and took the town of Dyrrachium. He established vassal states in Bosnia (under Stefan) and Raška (under Vukan and Marko), which recognized his supremacy. Vukan and Marko, the new princes of Raška were probably sons of the aforementioned Petrislav. Vukan (1083–1115) was the Grand Župan while Marko headed administration of a part of the land. The Byzantine Emperor Alexios later forced Vukan to acknowledge Byzantine suzerainty in 1094. Nemanjic dynasty, for the most part, ruled mainly Herzegovina, and occasionally all parts of Bosnia, and the regions of Podrinje, Srebrenica, Posavina, Usora and Soli Stefan Dragutin (Serbian: Стефан Драгутин; died 12 March 1316) was the King of Serbia from 1276 to 1282 and King of Syrmia (Srem) from 1282 to 1316. He ruled Serbia
Serbia
which included large parts of present-day Bosnia, until his abdication in 1282, when he became ill. He continued to rule the royal domains of Syrmia as King of Syrmia, and his younger brother succeeded him as ruler of Serbia. Later he became a monk and changed his name to Teokist. In the list of Serbian saints, Stefan Dragutin is venerated on 12 November or 30 October (Old Style and New Style dates). First Serbian Emperor
Emperor
also temporarily conquered most of Bosnia and included it into his Empire.

Balkans in 1350 according to German historian Gustav Droysen from the 19th century. Serbian Empire at its height, including the region of Bosnia.

The Kotromanić (Vuk's Cyrillic: Котроманић, pl. Kotromanići / Котроманићи) were members of a late medieval Bosnian noble and later royal dynasty. Rising to power in the middle of the 13th century as bans of Bosnia, with control over little more than the valley of the eponymous river, the Kotromanić rulers expanded their realm through a series of conquests to include nearly all of modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, large parts of modern-day Croatia and parts of modern-day Serbia and Montenegro, with Tvrtko Ieventually establishing the Kingdom of Bosnia in 1377. The Kotromanić intermarried with several southeastern and central European royal houses. The last sovereign, Stephen Tomašević, ruled briefly as Despot of Serbia in 1459 and as King of Bosnia between 1461 and 1463, before losing both countries – and his head – to the Ottoman Turks.

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, UNESCO World Heritage Site, over the Drina

Ottoman rule[edit]

Refugees
Refugees
from Herzegovina, painting by Uroš Predić

The Battle of Bileća was fought in August 1388 between the forces of the Kingdom of Bosnia led by Duke (Voevoda) Vlatko Vuković and the Ottoman Turks under the leadership of Lala Şahin Pasha. It represents one of the first Ottoman incursions into the territory of the Serb lands of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Ottoman army broke into Zachlumia, the kingdom's southern region. After days of looting, the invaders clashed with the defending force near the town of Bileća, ending in the latter's decisive victory. Battle of Bileca is celebrated by the Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Herzegovina
as one of their first victories against Islamic Ottoman enemy which changed the nature of their country forever. Serbs
Serbs
from Bosnia often helped the overall Serb srtuggle against Ottoman conquest of various Serbian lands. For example, Herzegovinian Voevoda Vlatko Vuković
Vlatko Vuković
also participated in the Battle of Kosovo. In the late 14th and middle of the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire started to conquer Bosnia. In 1451 they took Vrhbosna province and conquered Bosnia in 1463. Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was conquered in 1481. As the Serbs
Serbs
in other areas of the Balkan Peninsula, Serbs
Serbs
in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
also resisted the Ottoman and Islamic conquest. After the fall, Serbs
Serbs
were subjected to various persecutions, war crimes, oppression and genocide at the hands of Muslims, including the infamous Devsirme system of forced assimitalion, various Sharia inequalities, including forced labor, jizya, harsh taxation and slavery. Although their percentage in the overall population decreased, Orthodox Serbs
Serbs
managed to stay a relative majority in their land, and constitute a territorial majority within the territory of contemporary Bosnia, as Orthodox Serbs
Serbs
were traditionally a rural population within Bosnia, while Muslims
Muslims
were more often an urban populace, due to their services as city guards and traders. Serbs
Serbs
often rebelled against Ottoman rule. The Serb Uprising of 1596–97 was suppressed at Gacko. It was a part of a broader Serb struggle against the Ottomans, in support of Austria and Venice. In 1809, Jančić's Revolt broke out in Gradiška. This revolt was a part of the Serbian Revolution, and an attempt of Serb rebels in Bosnia to connect with Serbian rebels in the Sanjak of Smederevo, and an offensive into Bosnia they initiated. In 1834, Priest Jovica's Revolt broke out in Gradiška. In 1858, Pecija's First Revolt
Pecija's First Revolt
broke out in Knešpolje. From 1815 to 1878 the Ottoman's authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina was decreasing. After the reorganization of the Ottoman army and abolition of the Jannisaries, Bosnian nobility revolted, led by Husein Gradaščević, who wanted to establish autonomy in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
and to stop any further social reforms. During the 19th Century, various reforms were made in order to increase freedom of religion which sharpened relations between of Catholics and Muslims
Muslims
in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Soon, economic decay would happen and nationalist influence from Europe came to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the state administration was very disorganized and the national conscience was very strong among the Christian population, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
lost control over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Serbian population in Herzegovina
Herzegovina
revolted, which led to the  Herzegovina
Herzegovina
Uprising. The Ottoman authorities were unable to defeat the rebels, so Serb Principalities Serbia
Serbia
and Montenegro took advantage of this weakness and attacked the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in 1876, soon after the Russian Empire did the same. The Turks lost the war in 1878. After the Congress of Berlin was held in same year, mandate of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was transferred to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. More specifically, In 1875, the Herzegovina
Herzegovina
Uprising broke out in the Bosnia Vilayet. On July 2, 1876, Golub Babić
Golub Babić
and his 71 commanders signed the "Proclamation of the Unification of Bosnia with Serbia". This event is often known, among Serbian historians, as the "Third Serbian Uprising". This rebellion directly led to independence of Serb principalities of Motenegro and Serbia. It lasted from 1875 up to Austro-Hungarian occupation in 1878. In 1876, during this „Third Serbian Uprising“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina(1875-1878), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its Serbian people's leadership proclaimed union and annexation to Serbia("Proclamation of the Unification of Bosnia with Serbia"), under its Kniaz (Prince) Milan IV Obrenovich. The Turks lost the war in 1878. After the Congress of Berlin was held in same year, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was transferred to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.[14] During the various Balkan liberation wars (Serbian Revolution 1804-1830, Balkan Wars 1875-1878, or Balkan Wars 1912-1913 etc.) Muslim populace from all over the Balkans gradually settled the last pockets of Ottoman rule in the Balkans, one of which is Bosnia.[15][16] Austro-Hungarian rule[edit] In 1878, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
became a protectorate of Austria-Hungary, which the Serbs
Serbs
strongly opposed, even launching guerilla operations against Austo-Hunagrian forces. Even after the fall of the Ottoman rule, the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was divided. Serbian politicians in the Kingdom of Serbia
Serbia
and the Principality of Montenegro
Montenegro
sought to annex Bosnia & Herzegovina into a unified Serbian state and that aspiration often caused political tension with Austria-Hungary. Another ambition of Serbian politicians was to incorporate the Condominium of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the Kingdom of Serbia. The Habsburg Governor Béni Kállay resorted to co-opt religious institutions. Soon, the Austrian Emperor
Emperor
gained support to name Orthodox metropolitans and Catholic bishops and to choose Muslim hierarchy. At the time, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was facing a Habsburg attempt at modernization. The majority were Serbs, while Muslims
Muslims
and Croats
Croats
were a minority, and in even smaller percentages Slovenes, Czechs and others. During this period, the most significant event is Bosnian entry to European political life and the shaping of ethnic Serbs
Serbs
in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
into a modern nation. At the end of the 19th century, Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
founded various reading, cultural and singing societies, and at the beginning of the 20th century, a new Bosnian Serb intelligentsia played a major role in the political life of Serbs.  One of the major Serbian cultural and national organizations was Prosvjeta, Bosanska Vila and Zora, among others. Serbian national organizations were focused on the preservation of Serbian language, history and culture. First Serbian Sokol societies on the present territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
were founded in the late 19th century by intellectuals. Stevan Žakula, is remembered as a prominent worker in opening and maintaining sokol and gymnastic clubs. Žakula was the initiator of the establishment of Serbian gymnastics society "Obilić" in Mostar and Sports and gymnastic society "Serbian soko" in Tuzla. Sokol societies were also established in another cities across the Bosnia and Herzegovina.[17] In 1908, Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
annexed Bosnia & Herzegovina, at this time majority Serb-inhabited, going against the directions of the Berlin Congress, which caused an uproar in Montenegro
Montenegro
and Serbia. This Annexation crisis, was one of the reasons for later tensions which led to the eruption of WWI. The first parliamentary elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
were held in 1910, the winner was Serbian National Organization. On June 28, 1914, Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip
Gavrilo Princip
made international headlines after assassinating Arch Duke Francis Ferdinand
Francis Ferdinand
in Sarajevo. This sparked World War I leading to Austria-Hungary's defeat and the incorporation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. World War I[edit] During WWI, Serbs
Serbs
in Bosnia were often blamed for the outbreak of the war, the assassiantion of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and were subjected to persecution by the Austro-Hungarian authorities, including internment and looting of their businesses, by people who were instigated to ethnic violence. Bosnian and Herzegovinian Serbs
Serbs
served in Montenegrin and Serbian army en masse. Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
also served in Austrian Army, and were loyal when it came to Italian Front, but they often deserted and switched sides when they were sent to the Russian front, or to Serbian Front. Many Serbs
Serbs
supported the advance of fellow Montenegrin Army, when it entered into Herzegovina, and came close to Sarajevo
Sarajevo
in 1914. Kingdom of Serbs, Croats
Croats
and Slovenes[edit] After World War I, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
became part of the internationally unrecognized State of Slovenes, Croats
Croats
and Serbs which existed between October and December 1918. In December 1918, this state united with the Kingdom of Serbia
Serbia
(in its 1918 borders[18]), as Kingdom of Serbs, Croats
Croats
and Slovenes,which was renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
in 1929. Even with around 45% Serbs
Serbs
living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, far more than any other group within Bosnia, Serbian leadership of the state decided to acknowledge demands of Muslim representative Mehmed Spaho, and respect the pre-war territorial integrity of Bosnia & Herzegovina, therefore not changing internat district borders of Bosnia[19]. Bosnian Serbs constituted around a half of the total Bosnian population, but they constituted a vast territorial majority and have unilaterally proclaimed union with Serbia, for the second time in modern history, now in 1918. In total, 42 out of 54 municipalities in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Herzegovina
proclaimed union(annexation to) Serbia, without the approval of „People's Yugoslav“ government in Sarajevo, without even consulting them, in 1918. The regime of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was characterized by limited parliamentarism, and ethnic tensions, mainly between Croats
Croats
and Serbs. The state of the Kingdom became dire and King Alexander was forced to declare a dictatorship on the 6 January 1929. The Kingdom was renamed into Yugoslavia, and was preoccupied with political struggles, which led to the collapse of the state after Dušan Simović organized a coup in March 1941 and after which Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
invaded Yugoslavia. King Alexander was killed in 1934, which led to the end of dictatorship. In 1939, faced with killings, corruption scandals, violence and the failure of centralized policy, the Serbian leadership agreed a compromise with Croats. On 24 August 1939, the president of the Croatian Peasant Party, Vladko Maček and Dragiša Cvetković made an agreement (Cvetković-Maček agreement) according to which Banovina of Croatia was created with many concessions on the Serbian side. Serbs
Serbs
in Dalmatia, Slavonia, Krajina and Posavina found themselves in a Croatian entity within Yugoslavia, while virtually no Croats remained in the Serbian federal entity in 1939. Most Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
supported federalist policies of Pribicevic during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. World War II[edit] During World War II, Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
were put under the rule of the fascist Ustaša
Ustaša
regime in the Independent State of Croatia. Under Ustaša
Ustaša
rule Serbs
Serbs
along with Jews and Roma people, were subjected to systematic genocide where hundreds of thousands of civilian Serbs
Serbs
were murdered. According to the US Holocaust Museum, 320,000-340,000 Serbs were murdered under Ustasha rule.[20] According to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Research Center,"More than 500,000 Serbs
Serbs
were murdered in horribly sadistic ways, 250,000 were expelled, and another 200,000 were forced to convert"[21] during WWII in the Independent State of Croatia
Croatia
(modern-day Croatia
Croatia
and Bosnia). Serbs
Serbs
suffered large genocide, and therefore drastic demographic shift during WWII. The official brutal policies of the Independent State of Croatia, involving expulsion, murder and forced conversion to Catholicism of Orthodox Serbs[21], contributed that Serbs
Serbs
never recover within Bosnia & Herzegovina. The Federal Bureau of Statistics in Belgrade composed a figure of 179,173 persons killed in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Second World War: 129,114 Serbs (72.1%); 29,539 Muslims (16.5%); 7,850 Croats
Croats
(4.4%); others (7%). By the plans of Nazi Germany and the Independent State of Croatia 110,000 Serbs were relocated and transported to German-occupied Serbia. Just in the period of May to August 1941 over 100,000 Serbs
Serbs
were expelled to Serbia. In the heat of war Serbia
Serbia
had 200,000-400,000 Serbian refugees from Ustaša-held Bosnia and Herzegovina. By the end of war 137,000 Serbs
Serbs
have permanently left the territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Genocide
Genocide
in Yugoslavia, mainly committed against Serbs
Serbs
in "Independent State of Croatia". Serbs
Serbs
constituted roughly 1/3 of the territory ISC held in 1941, today Serbs
Serbs
are 1/8 of the population of the roughly same area.

The May 1941 Sanski Most revolt
May 1941 Sanski Most revolt
against the Ustaša
Ustaša
was suppressed in two days, and the June 1941 uprising in eastern Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was suppressed after two weeks. However, the Serbs
Serbs
gradually organized into two anti-fascist rebellion movements, The Chetnik Movement, and the Partisan Movement, both being dominated by fighters of Serbian origin, at least in the initial stages of combat in 1941. In June 1941, Serbs in eastern Herzegovina rebelled against the authorities of the Independent State of Croatia (Croatian: Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, NDH), an Axis puppet state established during World War II on the territory of the defeated and occupied Kingdom of Yugoslavia. As the NDH imposed its authority, members of the fascist Ustaše ruling party began a campaign of persecution of Serbs throughout the country. In eastern Herzegovina, the Ustaše
Ustaše
perpetrated a series of massacres and attacks against the majority Serb population commencing in the first week of June. Between 3 and 22 June 1941, spontaneous clashes occurred between NDH authorities and groups of Serbs
Serbs
in the region. The German invasion of the Soviet Union began on 22 June. Over the next two days, the sporadic revolts by Serbs
Serbs
against the NDH in eastern Herzegovina
Herzegovina
erupted into mass rebellion, triggered by Ustaše
Ustaše
persecution, Serb solidarity with the Russian people, hatred and fear of the NDH authorities, and other factors. Serb rebels, under the leadership of both local Serbs and Montenegrins, attacked police, gendarmerie, Ustaše and Croatian Home Guard forces in the region.  Most of anti-fascist combat and battles were fought in mainly Serb-inhabited areas of Bosnia & Herzegovina., Like the Battle of Neretva, Battle of Sutjeska, Drvar
Drvar
Operation, Kozara Battle and so forth. Between 1945 and 1948, following World War II, approximately 70,000 Serbs
Serbs
migrated from the People's Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
to Vojvodina
Vojvodina
after the Germans had left, which was a part of Communist policy. Communist Yugoslavia[edit] During the communist era, Bosnia and Herzegovina were populated by three ethnic groups: the Croats, the Serbs and the Muslims (later re-designated as Bosniaks). Many Serbs declared their nationality as Yugoslav and like all ethnic groups at the time, Serbs
Serbs
collaborated and were friends with their fellow citizens, whilst also maintaining their culture, primarily through their following of Serbian Orthodox Church. Many Serb scholars were subjected to persecution and false accusations of irridentism. Bosnian Civil War[edit] See also: Bosnian War

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After the government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence, which was not accepted by the federal Serb controlled government of Yugoslavia, the Serbian Autonomous Area of the Bosnian Frontier was formed in the western Bosnian Frontier region of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
with its capital in Banja Luka, which was not recognised by the central government. SAO Bosnian Frontier made attempts to unite with the Autonomous Region of the Serbian Frontier in Croatia. The Serb political leadership martialled its own force assisted by the Yugoslav People's Army
Yugoslav People's Army
and declared independence from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
in late 1992.

Territories which were controlled by Army of Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
during the war compared with current borders

BiH's Bosniak
Bosniak
and Bosnian Croat dominated government did not recognize the new Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose president was Radovan Karadžić
Radovan Karadžić
seated in Pale. The Serb side accepted the proposed ethnic cantonization of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
(the Carrington-Cutileiro peace plan), as did the Bosniak
Bosniak
and Bosnian Croat sides in Lisbon
Lisbon
in 1992, in the hope that war would not break out. The Bosniak
Bosniak
political leadership under President Alija Izetbegović
Alija Izetbegović
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
subsequently revoked the agreement refusing to decentralize the newly created country based on ethnic lines. The Bosnian Civil War began. Among the Serb population, the war is known as the "Defensive Fatherland War". Serbs
Serbs
and the Army of the Serb Republic (VRS) was outnumbered, outgunned, and isolated, faced against regular Croatian Army
Croatian Army
(HV), Croatian Defense Council (HVO), mainly Muslim Army of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Herzegovina
(ABiH), forces of Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia and NATO
NATO
airstrikes. Furthermore, Serbs faced weapons embargo, and sanctions from the Western countries, Russia, and even Serbia
Serbia
and FR Yugoslavia
FR Yugoslavia
under Slobodan Milosevic, who instituted sanctions against the Serb Republic in 1993. Milosevic supported every single peace plan the International Community proposed, even those which did not presuppose the existence of the Serb Republic. Throughout most of the war the Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
fought against both the Bosniaks
Bosniaks
(Muslims) and the Bosnian Croats. During Bosniak-Croat hostilities the Serbs
Serbs
co-operated largely with the Croats. There were exceptions to this, however, as Serb forces were also allied with the pro-Yugoslav Bosniaks
Bosniaks
of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia under Fikret Abdić. Serb forces also carried out ethnic cleansing operations against non- Serbs
Serbs
living within their territory, the most formidable was the Srebrenica massacre
Srebrenica massacre
in July 1995. During most of the war, Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
held around 70% of the country. During the entire length of war the Army of Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
carried out a siege of Sarajevo, allegedly in order to tie down the Bosnian forces and their resources. The siege was mostly justified with the reason of defending Sarajevo's surrounding Serb villages, which were almost exclusivelly inhabited by ethnic Serbs. Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
maintained close ties with the Republic of Srpska Krajina and received volunteers and supplies from FR Yugoslavia
FR Yugoslavia
during the war. RS received a large number of Serb refugees from other Yugoslav hotzones, particularly non-Serb held areas in Sarajevo, Herzeg-Bosnia
Herzeg-Bosnia
and Croatia. In 1993, the Owen-Stoltenberg peace treaty was suggested that would give 52% of BiH to the Serb side. It was refused by the Bosniak
Bosniak
side as too large of a concession.

Left: A Serb woman mourns at a grave at the Lion's cemetery in Sarajevo, 1992 Right: Čelebići prison camp, it was used to detain Bosnian Serb prisoners of war

In 1994, FR Yugoslavia
FR Yugoslavia
imposed sanctions after the National Assembly of Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
refused the Vance-Owen peace plan. In 1995, Operation Storm
Operation Storm
eliminated the Republic of Serbian Krajina. The Croatian Army
Croatian Army
continued the offensive into Republika Srpska. Some 250,000 Serbs
Serbs
fled to Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
and Serbia
Serbia
from Croatia, as the Serb side continued a full retreat of Serbs
Serbs
from the Una to the Sana river. The Croatian Army, supported by Bosnian government forces came within 20 km of the de facto Bosnian Serb capital, Banja Luka, but were halted by Serbian defenders near Prijedor
Prijedor
and throughout Bosnian Krajina, when their airplanes could finally fly without NATO intervention on the Croatian side. The war was halted with the Dayton Peace Agreement which recognized Republika Srpska, as one of the two territorial entities of the Bosnia and Herzegovina, comprising 49% of total territory. The Serb side suffered a total 22,779 victims - 15,298 military personnel and 7,480 civilians, according to the Demographic Unit at the ICTY.[22] Although exact numbers are disputed, it is generally agreed that the Bosnian War
Bosnian War
claimed the lives of about 100,000 people of all ethnic groups. In 1996 there were some 435,346 ethnic Serb refugees from Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
in Republika Srpska, while another 197,925 had gone to Serbia.[23] According to the data of the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees, up to 1995 Serbia
Serbia
housed 266,000 refugees from Bosnia Herzegovina
Herzegovina
and a total of 70,000 refugees returned to the country of their origin.[24][25] After the Yugoslav Wars
Yugoslav Wars
Serbia
Serbia
became home to the highest number of refugees (which included Bosnian Serbs) and IDPs in Europe.[26][27][28] Serbs
Serbs
massively left the capital Sarajevo
Sarajevo
in early 1996. Demographics[edit] The 2013 population census registered 1,086,733 Serbs
Serbs
or 30.8% of the total population of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
are the most territorially widespread nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The vast majority i.e. 1,001,299 live on the territory of the Republika Srpska, where they constitute 81.5% of population. The majority of Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
are adherents of the Serbian Orthodox Church, while some are atheists. Serbs form a demographic majority in these municipalities, Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Prijedor, Doboj, Zvornik, Gradiška, Teslić, Prnjavor, Laktaši, Trebinje, Derventa, Novi Grad, Modriča, Kozarska Dubica, Pale, Foča, Drvar, Glamoč, Bosansko Grahovo and Bosanski Petrovac. Serbs
Serbs
are also a relative majority in Brčko. Demographic history[edit]

Ethnic totals and percentages

Year/Population Serbs  % Total BiH Population

1879 496,485 42.88% 1,158,440

1885 571,250 42.76% 1,336,091

1895 673,246 42.94% 1,568,092

1910 825,418 43.49% 1,898,044

1921 829,290 43.87% 1,890,440

1931 1,028,139 44.25% 2,323,555

1948 1,136,116 44.29% 2,565,277

1953 1,264,372 44.40% 2,847,459

1961 1,406,053 42.89% 3,277,935

1971 1,393,148 37.19% 3,746,111

1981 1.320.738 32,02 % 4,124.008

1991 1,366,104 31.21% 4.364.649

2013 1.086.733 30.78% 3,531,159

Official Population Census Results - note: some Serbs
Serbs
declared themselves as Yugoslavs
Yugoslavs
in some censuses

Medieval Bosnia and Ottoman Empire[edit] There were no reliable population censuses in the Middle Ages, however most of the medieval sources concerning the identity and the demographics of medieval Bosnia state that the area was continuously inhabited mainly by Serbs[29], who were either Orthodox by faith or Bogomil. Heading 32 of De Administrando Imperio
De Administrando Imperio
of Constantine Porphyrogenitus, is called "On the Serbs
Serbs
and the lands in which they live". It speaks of the territories inhabited by Serbs
Serbs
in which he mentions Bosnia, specifically two inhabited cities, Kotor and Desnik, both of which are in an unidentified geographic position.[30][29] Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
and Kingdom of Serbs, Croats
Croats
and Slovenes
Slovenes
(Kingdom of Yugoslavia)[edit] Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
pursued a demographic policy of reducing the Serbian population and trying to erase their identity, converting it to a "Bosnian nationhood", therefore, Austrian population census only had religious affiliation as a main determinism of identity. In the last Austrian census of 1910, there were 825,418 Orthodox Serbs, which constituted 43.49% of the total population. The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1917, states: "According to the census of 22 April 1895, Bosnia has 1,361,868 inhabitants and Herzegovina 229,168, giving a total population of 1,591,036. The number of persons to the square mile is small (about 80), less than that in any of the other Austrian crown provinces excepting Salzburg (about 70). This average does not vary much in the six districts (five in Bosnia, one in Herzegovina). The number of persons to the square mile in these districts is as follows: Doljna Tuzla, 106; Banjaluka, 96; Bihac, 91; Serajevo, 73, Mostar(Herzegovina), 65, Travnik, 62. There are 5,388 settlements, of which only 11 have more than 5,000 inhabitants, while 4,689 contain less 500 persons. Excluding some 30,000 Albanians living in the south-east, the Jews who emigrated in earlier times from Spain, a few Osmanli Turks, the merchants, officials. and Austrian troops, the rest of the population (about 98 per cent) belong to the southern Slavonic people, the Serbs. Although one in race, the people form in religious beliefs three sharply separated divhe Mohammedans, about 550,000 persons (35 per cent), Greek Schismatics, about 674,000 persons (43 per cent), and Catholics, about 334,000 persons (21.3 per cent). The last mentioned are chiefly peasants."[31] World War II[edit] Serbs
Serbs
suffered large negative(decreasing) demographic shift during WWII. The official policies of the Independent State of Croatia, involving expulsion, murder and forced conversion of Serbs[21], contributed that Serbs
Serbs
never recover demographically within Bosnia & Herzegovina. The Federal Bureau of Statistics in Belgrade composed a figure of 179,173 persons killed in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Second World War: 129,114 Serbs (72.1%); 29,539 Muslims (16.5%); 7,850 Croats
Croats
(4.4%); others (7%). By the plans of Nazi Germany and the Independent State of Croatia 110,000 Serbs were relocated and transported to German-occupied Serbia. Just in the period of May to August 1941 over 100,000 Serbs
Serbs
were expelled to Serbia. In the heat of war Serbia
Serbia
had 200,000-400,000 Serbian refugees from Ustaša-held Bosnia and Herzegovina. By the end of war 137,000 Serbs
Serbs
have permanently left the territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Communist Yugoslavia[edit] Communist authorities implemented a policy of silent "demographic emptying" of Serbs
Serbs
from Bosnia, by dividing Serbs
Serbs
into several republics, causing a "brain drain" of Serbs
Serbs
from Bosnia to Serbia. Also, the communist policies of rapid urbanization and industrialization, devastated the traditional rural life of Serbs, causing drastic halt in natural growth of Serbs. The first Yugoslav census recorded a decreasing number of Serbs; from the first census in 1948 to the last one from 1991, the percentage of Serbs
Serbs
decreased from 44.29% to 30.78%, even though the total number increased. According to the 1953 census, Serbs
Serbs
were in the majority in 74% of the territory of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and according to the census of 2013, Serbs are the majority on over 50% of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Their total number in 1953 was 1,264,372, that is 44.40% of total Bosnian population. According to the 1961 census, Serbs
Serbs
made up 42.89% of total population, and their number was 1,406,053. After that, districts were divided into smaller municipalities. According to the 1971 census, Serbs
Serbs
were 37,19% of total population, and their number was 1,393,148. According to the 1981 census, Serbs made up 32,02% of total population, and their number was 1,320,738. After 1981, their percentage continued to reduce. From 1971 to 1991, the percentage of Serbs
Serbs
fell due to emigration into Montenegro, Serbia, and Western Europe. According to the 1991 census, Serbs were 31.21% of the total population, and their number was 1,366,104. Bosnian Civil War[edit] The total number of Serbs
Serbs
in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
continued to reduce, especially after the Bosnian Civil War broke out in 1992. Soon, an exodus of Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
occurred when a large number of Serbs were expelled from central Bosnia, Ozren, Sarajevo, Western Herzegovina
Herzegovina
and Krajina. According to the 1996 census, made by UNHCR and officially unrecognized, there was 3,919,953 inhabitants, of which 1,484,530 (37.88%) were Serbs. In the territory of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the percentage of Serbs
Serbs
slightly changed, although,their total number reduced. Politics[edit] State level[edit] Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as other two constitutive nations, have their representative in the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Presidency has three members, one Bosniak, one Croat and one Serb. Bosniak
Bosniak
and Croat are elected in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Serb is elected in the Republika Srpska. The President of the Serb Republic is Milorad Dodik. Current Serb member of the Presidency is Mladen Ivanic of the PDP. The Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina has two chambers, House of Representatives and House of Peoples. House of Peoples has 15 members, five Bosniaks, five Croats and five Serbs. Bosniak
Bosniak
and Croat members of the House of Peoples are elected in the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while five Serb members are elected in the National Assembly of Republika Srpska. The 42 members of the House of Representatives are elected directly by voters, two-thirds are from the Federation while one-third is from the Republika Srpska.[32] Federal level[edit] According to its constitution, Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
has its own president, people's assembly (the 83-member unicameral People's Assembly of Republika Srpska), executive government (with a prime minister and several ministries), its own police force, supreme court and lower courts, customs service (under the state-level customs service), and a postal service. It also has its symbols, including coat of arms, flag (a variant of the Serbian flag without the coat of arms displayed) and entity anthem. The Constitutional Law on Coat of Arms and Anthem of the Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
was ruled not in concordance with the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
as it states that those symbols "represent statehood of the Republika Srpska" and are used "in accordance with moral norms of the Serb people". According to the Constitutional Court's decision, the Law was to be corrected by September 2006. Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
later changed its emblem. Although the constitution names Sarajevo as the capital of Republika Srpska, the northwestern city of Banja Luka is the headquarters of most of the institutions of government, including the parliament, and is therefore the de facto capital. After the war, Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
retained its army, but in August 2005, the parliament consented to transfer control of Army of Republika Srpska to a state-level ministry and abolish the entity's defense ministry and army by 1 January 2006. These reforms were required by NATO as a precondition of Bosnia and Herzegovina's admission to the Partnership for Peace programme. Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
joined the programme in December 2006.[33] Political parties[edit] Currently, there are several Serbian political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Republic of Srpska. The Serbian Democratic Party (SDS), the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats
Alliance of Independent Social Democrats
(SNSD), and Party of Democratic Progress
Party of Democratic Progress
(PDP) are the most popular parties. SDS was founded in 1990 and is major political parties among Bosnian Serbs, being the most powerful during the Bosnian Civil War (1992–1995). SNSD was founded on pro-European, democratic, federalist, socialist principles, but has later on switched its tendencies into populism and pro-Russian external policies. PDP is Christian democratic, traditionalist, conservative and pro-Europeanist political party. Culture[edit] Main article: Serbian culture Further information: Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina Cultural and education society, Prosvjeta
Prosvjeta
was founded in Sarajevo
Sarajevo
in 1902. It quickly became the most important organization gathering ethnic Serb citizens. In 1903 was founded Gajret, Serbian Muslim Cultural Society. Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republika Srpska is active since 1996. Architecture and art[edit]

Work of Jovan Bijelić
Jovan Bijelić
on Yugoslav stamp

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
is rich in Serbian architecture, especially when it comes to numerous Serbian churches and monasteries. Modern Serbo-Byzantine architectural style which started in the second half of the 19th century is not only present in the sacral but also in civil architecture. Churches and monasteries are decorated with frescoes and iconostasis. Museum of Old Orthodox Church in Sarajevo
Sarajevo
is among the five in the world by its rich treasury of icons and other objects dating from different centuries.[34] Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
have made a significant contribution to modern Serbian painting. Notable painters include Miloš Bajić, Jovan Bijelić, Špiro Bocarić, Vera Božičković Popović, Stojan Ćelić, Vojo Dimitrijević, Lazar Drljača, Oste Erceg, Nedeljko Gvozdenović, Kosta Hakman, Momo Kapor, Ratko Lalić, Đoko Mazalić, Svetislav Mandić, Radenko Mišević, Roman Petrović, Ljubomir Popović, Pero Popović, Branko Radulović, Svetozar Samurović, Branko Šotra, Todor Švrakić, Mica Todorović, Milovan Vidak, Rista Vukanović. In 1907 P. Popović, Radulović and Švrakić exhibited in one of the two exhibitions that year that marked the beginnings of the modern painting tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Among the sculptors prominent is Sreten Stojanović.

Ozren Monastery

Interior of Old Orthodox Church in Sarajevo

Inside of Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Banja Luka

Banski Dvor

Language and literature[edit]

Goražde Psalter

The Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
speak the Eastern Herzegovinian dialect of Serbian language
Serbian language
for which is characteristic ijekavian pronunciation. Traces of Serbian language
Serbian language
on this territory are very old which prove old inscriptions such as Grdeša's tombstone, the oldest known stećak. One of the most important Serbian manuscripts Miroslav Gospel, was written for the Serbian Grand Prince Miroslav of Hum. Serbian language
Serbian language
is rich with several medieval gospels written in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are decorated with miniatures.

Bosanska vila, literary magazine

In the early 16th century Božidar Goraždanin founded Goražde printing house. It was one of the earliest printing houses among the Serbs, and the first in the territory of present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. Goražde Psalter
Goražde Psalter
printed there is counted among the better accomplishments of early Serb printers. Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
gave significant contribution to the Serbian epic poetry. Famous singers of the epic poetry are Filip Višnjić
Filip Višnjić
and Tešan Podrugović. The works of Serbian writers from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
are of great importance to the entire Serbian literature. Notable authors include Ivo Andrić, Branko Ćopić, Meša Selimović, Svetozar Ćorović, Petar Kočić, Sima Milutinović Sarajlija, Aleksa Šantić, Jovan Dučić, Osman Đikić, Jovan Sundečić, Skender Kulenović, Duško Trifunović... Bosanska vila from Sarajevo
Sarajevo
and Zora from Mostar founded in the 19th century are important literary magazines. Music[edit]

Filip Višnjić
Filip Višnjić
singing to gusle

Music of Serbs
Serbs
in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
include traditional instruments such as gusle, frula, gajde, tamburica, etc. First Serbian singing societies in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
were set up in Foča (1885), Tuzla (1886), Prijedor
Prijedor
(1887), Mostar and Sarajevo
Sarajevo
(1888) and other cities across the country.[35] First concert in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was held in Banja Luka
Banja Luka
in 1881.[36] Serbian music is rich in folk songs of Serbian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many songs are performed in traditional way of singing called ojkanje. Serbian singers and composers such as Rade Jovanović, Jovica Petković, Dragiša Nedović and others gave significant contribution to special type of songs called sevdalinka. Aleksa Šantić's poem Emina became one of the most known sevdalinkas. Notable performers of folk music include Vuka Šeherović, Nada Mamula, Nedeljko Bilkić, Nada Obrić, Marinko Rokvić, etc.

Zdravko Čolić

Bosnian and Heregovians Serbs
Serbs
largely participated in Yugoslav pop-rock scene that was active since the end of the World War II
World War II
until the break up of the country. Serbian musicians are members, and often leaders of popular bands such as Ambasadori, Bijelo Dugme, Bombaj Štampa, Indexi, Plavi orkestar, ProArte, Regina, Vatreni Poljubac, Zabranjeno pušenje. Zdravko Čolić
Zdravko Čolić
is one of the biggest Yugoslav and Serbian music stars. Among singer-songwriters significant career made Jadranka Stojaković, Srđan Marjanović. Post Yugoslav popular music singers include Željko Samardžić, Romana, Nedeljko Bajić Baja, Indira Radić, Seka Aleksić, Saša and Dejan Matić... Dušan Šestić composed national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Theatre and cinema[edit]

Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
National Theatre

The first theatre show in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was organized by Serb Stevo Petranović in Tešanj in 1865 while the first shows in Sarajevo were organized in the house of Serb Despić family.[37] The first feature film in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Major Bauk was directed by Nikola Popović by the script of Branko Ćopić. Significant directors include Emir Kusturica, double winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Zdravko Šotra, Nebojša Komadina, Predrag Golubović, Boro Drašković, Gorčin Stojanović, Radivoje Andrić, Ognjenka Milićević, Miroslav Belović, Dejan Mijač, Egon Savin... Among the sreenwriters prominent are Gordan Mihić, Ranko Božić, Srđan Koljević... Actors that achieved success in Yugoslav and Serbian cinematography include Predrag Tasovac, Branko Pleša, Marko Todorović, Tomo Kuruzović, Tamara Miletić, Slobodan Đurić, Slobodan Ćustić, Tihomir Stanić, Nikola Pejaković, Nebojša Glogovac, Davor Dujmović, Nataša Ninković, Danina Jeftić, Brankica Sebastijanović... Folklore[edit] Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
gave significant contribution to the folklore of Serbian people. It include folk costume, music, traditional singing and instruments, epic poetry, crafts, dances, etc. The dresses of Bosnia are divided into two groups; the Dinaric and Pannonian styles. In Eastern Herzegovina, the folk costumes are closely related to those of Old Herzegovina. Cultural and artistic societies across the country practice folklore tradition.

Serb costumes from Podgrmeč, Bosanska Krajina.

Dresses from East Herzegovina
Herzegovina
(left) and urban Bosnia (right) 1875.

Zmijanje embroidery, UNESCO World Cultural heritage

Ensemble "Kolo" dancing Old Silent dance from Glamoč

Education[edit]

University of East Sarajevo

University of Banja Luka

The first education institutions of Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
were monasteries, of which the most significant were Dobrun, Klisina, Krupa on Vrbas, Liplje, Mostanica, Ozren, Tavna, Tvrdos, Gracanica of Herzegovina, Stuplje, Donja Bisnja, among many others throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina. The most significant people workingfor the elementary education of Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
in the 19th century were Jovan Ducic, Petar Kocic, and Aleksa Santic, among others, who founded and organized elementary schools throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. Staka Skenderova established Sarajevo's first school for girls on 19 October 1858. The educational system in Ottoman era and Austro-Hungarian occupation was based on strict negation and suppression of Serbian identity. The educational system of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
during communism was based on a mixture of nationalities and the suppression of Serb identity. With the foundation of Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, later simply called Serb Republic, Bosnian Serb schools took the educational system from Serbia. At the same time, University of Sarajevo, split into two, one Muslim in Western Sarajevo, and one Serbian, renamed University of East Sarajevo, with official Serbian language, the altter having most of the pre-war professors and lecturers. There is also Serbian University in Banja Luka, called University of Banja Luka. After signing the Dayton accords, jurisdiction over education in Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
was given to RS Government, while in Federation, jurisdiction over education was given to the cantons. Municipalities with Serb majority or significant minority, schools with Serbian language
Serbian language
as official one also exist. Another education institutes are Agricultural Institute of Republic of Srpska - Banja Luka, Scientific Research Institute of University of Banjaluka, Institute of Genetic Resources in Banja Luka, Serbian Lexicographic Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, research Institute for Materials and Constructions of Serb Republic and Institute for Education in Banja Luka. Religion[edit]

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Sarajevo

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Banja Luka

The Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
are predominantly Eastern Orthodox Christians, belonging to the Serbian Orthodox Church. Serbian Orthodox Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
is organized in five subdivisions, one metropolitanate (Dabar and Bosnia), and four eparchies (Bihać and Petrovac, Banja Luka, Zvornik
Zvornik
and Tuzla, and Zahumlje
Zahumlje
and Herzegovina). Eparchy of Zahumlje
Zahumlje
and Herzegovina, earlier The Metropolitanate of Zahumlje
Zahumlje
was founded in 1219, by Archbishop Sava, the same year the Serbian Orthodox Church
Serbian Orthodox Church
acquired its autocephaly status from Constantinople. Thus, it was one of the original Serbian Orthodox bishoprics. Bosnian Serb Makarije Sokolović
Makarije Sokolović
was the first patriarch of the restored Serbian Patriarchate, after its lapse in 1463 that resulted from the Ottoman conquest of Serbia. He is celebrated as saint. Several Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
are beatified in Serbian Orthodox church of which one of the most famous is Basil of Ostrog. The first Serbian high school opened in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
was Sarajevo
Sarajevo
orthodox seminary in 1882. On the grounds of this seminary was founded the Theological Faculty in Foča, as part of the University of East Sarajevo. Between 1866 and 1878 in Banja Luka worked theological school, while nowadays is active theological school in Foča. There are many Serbian churches and monasteries across the Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
hailing from different periods. Each subdivision has its cathedral church and bishop's palace. Sport[edit] Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
have contributed significantly to the Yugoslav and Serbian sport. First Serbian Sokol societies on the present territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
were founded in the late 19th century by intellectuals. Stevan Žakula, Croatian Serb, is remembered as a prominent worker in opening and maintaining sokol and gymnastic clubs. Žakula was the initiator of the establishment of Serbian gymnastics society "Obilić" in Mostar and Sports and gymnastic society "Serbian soko" in Tuzla. Sokol societies were also established in another cities across the Bosnia and Herzegovina.[17]

FK Slavija Sarajevo

Football is the most popular sport among the Bosnian Serbs. The oldest Serb dominated Club in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
is Slavija Istočno Sarajevo, founded in 1908, while one of the most popular is Borac Banja Luka
Banja Luka
winner of Mitropa Cup and Yugoslav Cup. Serbian clubs participate in Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
and First League of the Republika Srpska
Republika Srpska
which is run by Football Association of Republika Srpska. Notable players that represented Yugoslavia and Serbia
Serbia
include Branko Stanković, Milan Galić, Velimir Sombolac, Dušan Bajević, Boško Antić, Ilija Pantelić, Savo Milošević, Mladen Krstajić, Neven Subotić, etc. Zvjezdan Misimović
Zvjezdan Misimović
served as captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herzegovina
national team from 2007 to 2012 while Ljupko Petrović
Ljupko Petrović
led Red Star Belgrade
Red Star Belgrade
to the Champions League trophy in 1991. The second most popular sport among Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
is basketball. Aleksandar Nikolić, is often referred to as, The Father of Yugoslav Basketball. He was voted two times European Coach of the Year winning three Euroleagues and two times FIBA Intercontinental Cup. Second of four fathers of Yugoslav basketball is Borislav Stanković, former general secretatary of FIBA and IOC member. Some of the players that successfully competed at the biggest world competitions are Ratko Radovanović, Dražen Dalipagić, Zoran Savić, Predrag Danilović, Vladimir Radmanović, Jelica Komnenović, Slađana Golić, Saša Čađo, Ognjen Kuzmić... KK Igokea
KK Igokea
currently plays in regional ABA League.

Handball Club Borac

Handball club Borac Banja Luka
Banja Luka
is the most successful Serbian handball club in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It won EHF Champions League in 1976 and was runner up in 1975. Svetlana Kitić was voted the best female handball player ever by the International Handball Federation. Other accomplished players include Milorad Karalić, Nebojša Popović, Zlatan Arnautović, Radmila Drljača, Vesna Radović, Nebojša Golić, Mladen Bojinović, Danijel Šarić... The most famous Serbian volleyball family, Grbić family, hails from Trebinje
Trebinje
in Eastern Herzegovina. Father Miloš was the captain of the team that won first Yugoslav medal at European championship while sons Vanja and Nikola became Olympic champions with Serbian team. Other players that represented Serbia
Serbia
with success are Đorđe Đurić, Brankica Mihajlović, Tijana Bošković, Jelena Blagojević, Sanja and Saša Starović. Besides team sports, Bosnian Serbs
Serbs
achieved success and in individual sports such as Slobodan and Tadija Kačar in boxing, Radomir Kovačević, Nemanja Majdov and Aleksandar Kukolj in judo, Milenko Zorić in canoeing, Velimir Stjepanović in swimming, Andrea Arsović in shooting, Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
in tennis, Draženko Mitrović
Draženko Mitrović
in paralympic athletics, etc. Notable people[edit] Further information: List of Serbs
Serbs
of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Makarije Sokolović

Basil of Ostrog

Mehmed-paša Sokolović

Sava
Sava
Vladislavich

Filip Višnjić

Sima Milutinović Sarajlija

Petar Popović Pecija

Mićo Ljubibratić

Dimitrije Mitrinović

Aleksa Šantić

Petar Kočić

Gavrilo Princip

Vladimir Ćorović

Jovan Dučić

Sreten Stojanović

Branko Ćopić

Karl Malden

Emir Kusturica

Zdravko Čolić

Zoran Đinđić

Milorad Dodik

Nataša Ninković

Savo Milošević

Vladimir Radmanović

Neven Subotić

Brankica Mihajlović

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