The Ottoman Empire In The Bridge Of Drina By Ivo Andric

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During the conquering of the Ottoman Empire , especially in the Balkans in the early 14th to 16th century, it has changed the complete structure of the inhabitants living during this time. An empire that has ruled and been strong in defeating their enemies to a empire that fell from their own civil wars of power, the Ottomans has changed the society in Europe greatly. The city of Visegrad is marked in eastern Bosnia by the border of Serbia. The inhabitants in this city is where the novel The Bridge of Drina by Ivo Andric is based during this challenging time being faced by civilians living during the Ottoman Empire control. From conversations and discussions in class this town had a mix of religious inhabitants such as Christian Orthodox, Jews, Gypsies, Muslims and Islamic traditions and the ethnic groups like the Serbs, Turks, Bosnians, and other Eastern European countries bordering were witnesses to the control of the Ottomans. Living in this time was difficult when a government empire has taken over weak and confused inhabitants. To introduce the city of Visegrad and its highly important view of the Ottoman Empire’s control in Andric novel, we are first introduced to the beginning of the tale about the ethnic, and religious groups that later create the famous bridge. A poor Christian shepherd boy living in Visegrad captured by the Ottomans to turn them into janissaries, a follower or supporter during the 14th century-16th century. They were raised with new names,

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