Andric on Eastern Europe Analytical Essay by Ace writers

Andric on Eastern Europe
A look at the factors that led to great social, economic, and political changes in Eastern Europe after 1878, by analyzing Ivo Andric's "Bridge on the Drina".
# 46724 | 1,236 words | 1 source | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2004 in History (European) , English (Analysis)

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In this paper, an overview is provided of the primary factors that led to massive social, economic, and political changes in Eastern Europe after 1878. This paper's thesis is that Ivo Andric's "Bridge on the Drina" and his account of Visegrad after the Austrian takeover in 1878 can be used as a means for documenting the transformations that occurred, as well as the factors that influenced the emerging changes.

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"Andric uses Visegrad as the setting of the fictional account he provides of the nonfictional and historical transformations that occurred in Europe after 1878 that led to distinct differences in Eastern and Central Europe. The stone bridge at Visegrad with its elaborate design and arches offers a means of observing the long history of troubled relations and coexistence between the Slavic Muslims and the Serbs (Orthodox Slavs) living within Visegrad. Prior to 1878, the town of Visegrad, which lies directly east of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, had remained largely embedded in the traditions of the Ottoman Empire and of the eastern Bosnian region influenced by Muslim tradition. Innovations occurring in the Christian/Western world had not been adopted by the Ottoman Empire and Visegrad, as with other towns within the Balkan region, continued to reflect the characteristics of regional differences in languages, customs and loyalties."

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