I'm trying to learn more about Bosnia, and by extension, the Balkan region, beyond just focusing strictly on human rights, the war, war crime tribunals etc. Although, obviously, those issues are very important and very much a part of the national psyche as well.
In my readings, from various books and online sources, one theme that I've noticed is the antagonism between urbanites and those who live in the rural areas.
One book I read (and it was quite a long time ago, so I don't remember the title) stated that people in the urban areas tended to blame people in the rural areas for the war, and felt that they (the city dwellers) were more sophisticated and tolerant; while the country dwellers were more backwards and nationalistic.
On the flipside, people in the rural areas, many of whom were driven from their homes/livelyhoods during the period of ethnic cleansing; felt the urbanites were cowards, and that they didn't suffer to the extent that the people who lived in the countryside did.
From those of you who have lived/visited the region, how true (just based on your own experience) is that assesment?
What are the primary differences between the urban and rural culture in Bosnia?
Is there a gap between the urban and rural and if so, how wide is that gap?
Did the war do anything to lessen or widen the gap between members of the same ethnic group, who came from different socio-economic backgrounds?
How do the inflex of refugees from traditional/conservative areas in Eastern Bosnia, into more liberal and urban centers of Sarajevo and Tuzla effect the relationship between urban and rural?
(I know these questions sound eerily like the ones you would expect on a school essay, but I'm really interested in social issues, class issues and gender issues. So, any insight would be appreciated.)