History’s Forgotten Treasure

Bosnia-Herzegovina is a small country that’s had an amazing influence on the history of Europe and the world. It formed the heart of Shakespeare’s Illyria. For centuries, its people were a mainstay of the Roman Empire, providing it with elite troops and several of its greatest emperors.

In Bosnian Phoenix, author, Miljan Peter Ilich, offers a novel and enlightening perspective on the astounding historical importance of Bosnia. He emphasizes the resilience of the country throughout its evolution from its ancient historical roots. Its territory has fluctuated, but the basic geographical extent of what is defined as Bosnia and Herzegovina has been remarkably stable for a long time. Ilich offers an understanding of the conflictual relations in Bosnia by analyzing the inadequately recognized centuries-long significance of that nation in regional and European affairs. For about a century, Bosnia took the lead in defending Europe from Turkish invasions and was a champion of religious liberty within the Christian world.


Ilich maintains that since Bosnia and Herzegovina have long been a multiethnic society, its history aids in the understanding of social evolution in other multiethnic societies. The Bosnian story will be meaningful to people in other countries since, with increased globalization, the entire world is fast becoming one huge, complex, multiethnic society.


About the Author

Miljan Peter Ilich received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University and Ph.D. from City University of New York, and is professor emeritus of law and history at Technical Career Institute in New York City where he founded the TCI Law Review and produced a documentary about the school’s 100-year history entitled, “TCI: The First 100 Years”. He has produced many documentaries including the controversial “ArtWatch,” a collaboration with Columbia University and the award-winning “Chios 1822”. Ilich is an ongoing featured panelist of activism for peace in Israel and Palestine at the Left Forum Conferences, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. During the war in the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia, Ilich was actively helping to bring about peace through art exhibits, film production and his many published articles in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Daily News, and the Washington Post. Ilich’s dissertation on International Law has had worldwide distribution and acceptance.