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Drina life mapped

October 31, 2012

I found this old map of the Drina River region online and couldn’t resist personalizing it. It’s a 1930s map from the time of the Kingdom of Croats, Serbs and Slovenes, when this area was part of the “Drina Duchy” (Drinska Banovina). I love seeing the Drina run down the middle of the map and imagining how people would have floated down it in barges or crossed over on rare stone bridges. I marked Bratunac (where I live) in red, Srebrenica (where I work) in purple, and Brcko in green. Visegrad (yellow) is home to an famous Ottoman era bridge and was important for that reason (see how it’s underlined in the map). Interestingly, Bratunac is not noted on the map, although Ljubovija, across the river, today is much much smaller and yet is featured on the map. Things must have been quite different in the 30s…

map 2

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 1, 2012 12:22 am

    oo i love it

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 1, 2012 12:23 am

    anonymous is transproces

  3. eldinsmille permalink
    November 1, 2012 9:12 am


  4. November 1, 2012 5:51 pm

    yes but guys what do you THINK? comments on the map? life in BiH in the 30s? Drina River??? 🙂

  5. November 1, 2012 10:22 pm

    I wish I could contribute to the discussion but I don’t know anything about this region! I like how you modified this old map though 🙂

  6. Anonymous permalink
    November 7, 2012 9:02 pm

    In 30 we did not have BiH or Croatia or Serbia. We had Karadjordjevic Parliamentary Monarchy and one state Yugoslavia, Monarchy was split in regions called “Banovina”.
    Map above as you can see shows Drinska banovina, partly in Bosnia and partly in Serbia.

    • November 7, 2012 9:28 pm

      thanks for your comment, it’s great!

    • Adrian permalink
      June 8, 2021 5:37 pm

      Banovinas were administrative regions created in Yugoslavia in 1929 after King Alexander introduced his own dictatorship. He named new banovinas after rivers, so Drina banovina (Drinska banovina) was one of 9 newly created banovinas in the kingdom. The purpose of banovinas was to erase historical countries and regions that created Yugoslavia in 1918 and to unify the country under Serbian control (6 of 9 banovinas had a Serbian ethnic majority) and in an artificial way. Therefore, he joined Eastern Bosnia and Western Serbia in a single entity, Drinska banovina, although those regions had nothing in common. Banovinas ceased to exist in 1941, when Yugoslavia collapsed in WW2, and was never restored. The population didn’t identify with banovinas but still with historical regions and countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, etc.)


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