Read online or download a free book: Geographical Aspects Of Balkan Problems In Their Relation To The Great European War
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (19 May 2012)
By: Marion Isabel Newbigin (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...the whole life deeply in that not only single families, but whole villages and clans live in a constant vendetta. For this reason intercourse is almost null, the cultivation of the land is limited to the immediate neighbourhood of the hamlets, and a state of war between the different communes is the rule. For greater security many clans or groups sometimes unite for a time in a confederation, and strike with one another the so-called 'blood-brotherhood,' or bessa. If one member of such a confederation is murdered, the whole body is answerable, and the life of any chance member of the enemy group must atone.... Where there is a specially bitter feud, it is held to be a matter of honour to kill a guest, for the death of such an one brings the obligation of a double revenge upon the group under whose protection the murdered man was.' Oestreich, who travelled in the region a little farther east a few years later, gives a similar description of the region north of Diakova: ' The village houses are strong, windowless, stone buildings. Riding through such a village as that of Detchan, for example, gives one a peculiar sensation. At both sides stands a row of staring stone forts, built of strong red and grey rough stone, topped only by a high chimney or a watch-tower. Towards the street are loopholes: towards the court, which is often protected by a stone wall, a wooden gallery is erected, in which provisions, maize, straw, faggots, are piled up, everything being in constant readiness for a siege. In the village is no sign of life, no children playing or shouting. The peasant's boy who drives the cart to the fields, the peasant himself as he works--both have a loaded Martini hanging over their backs.' Such a condition, tragic enough, though readers o...
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