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Early Medieval Hum and Bosnia, ca. 450-1200
Beyond Myths

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ISBN 9781032047928
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores social transformations which led to the establishment of medieval Hum (future Herzegovina) and Bosnia in the period from ca. 450 to 1200 AD using the available written and material sources. It follows social and political developments in these historical regions from the last centuries of Late Antiquity, through the social collapse of the seventh and eighth centuries, and into their new medieval beginnings in the ninth. Fragmentary and problematic sources from this period were, in the past, often used to justify modern political claims to these contested territories and incorporate them into the ‘national biographies’ of the Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), or to support the ‘Yugoslavizing’ and other ideological discourses.

The book goes beyond ideological and national mythologemes of the past in order to provide a new historical narrative that brings more light to this region placed on the frontiers of both the medieval West and the Byzantine empire. It provides a new views of the period between ca. 450 and 1200 for the parts of Western Balkans and Eastern Adriatic, brings the most recent local historical and archaeological research to the Anglophone readership, and contributes to the scholarship of the late antique and early medieval Mediterranean with study of very poorly known area.

The book is intended for academic audience interested in history and archaeology of the Late Antiquity and early Middle Ages, but also to all those interested in general history of Herzegovina, Bosnia, Dalmatia and the Balkans.

Table of Contents


1 Setting the stage

2 (A long overdue) essay on historiography and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Hum and Bosnia

3 The Prelude: Making of imperial society

4 ‘Long’ Sixth century (ca. 450-630)

5 The Dark Age Interlude (ca. 630-800)

6 "The Force Awakens": The Ninth Century

7 The Lords of Hum

8 "Good ol’ days of ban Kulin": The birth of Bosnia


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Danijel Džino is Senior Lecturer in Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His publications include: From Justinian to Branimir: the making of the Middle Ages in Dalmatia (2021), Becoming Slav, Becoming Croat: Identity Transformations in Post-Roman Dalmatia (2010) and Illyricum in Roman Politics, 229BC-AD 68 (2010).