Croatia: A History
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1999 - 281 pages
When in the fourth century the Roman empire split into the Western and Eastern empires, the boundary between the two stretched from the Montenegrin coast up the river Drina to the confluence of the Sava and the Danube and then further north. This boundary has remained virtually unchanged for 1,500 years: the European, Catholic West and the Orthodox East meet on Slav territory. There were, and still are, ethnic similarities between the peoples on either side of the divide, but their culture and history differ fundamentally. The Croats and Croatia, on the western side of the divide, are traditionally linked with Hungarian, Italian, and German regions and Western Europe, and are also influenced by their long Mediterranean coastline. Ivo Goldstein's Croatia provides a necessary, accessible history of development of what is now an independent state. Croatia includes major sections on the early medieval Croatian state (until 1101), the periods of union with Hungary (1102-1526) and with Austria (1526-1918), incorporation in Yugoslavia (1918-91) and the creation of a sovereign state. Charting social, economic, and cultural developments, Goldstein shows us that this complex historical pattern explains many of the political developments of today.
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Accurate, balanced, reasoned and readable, Ivo Goldstein’s book Croatia is an enjoyable and comprehensive introduction to the history of this Balkan nation. Goldstein’s work also thankfully lacks the ... Read full review
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This book was my first serious excursion into Balkan Slav histories - my primary interest is in Polish and Rus histories. IG describes a much more vibrant Croatian culture than my previous general ... Read full review
Croatian lands in antiquity
The First Centuries of Croatian History
Republic of Dubrovnik
Advance of the Ottomans
Kingdom of the Serbs Croats and Slovenes Kingdom
The Independent State of Croatia 19411945
Elevated Ideals to Revenge and Totalitarianism
and Yugoslavias Search for its Own Course
Administrative division of Croatia 19551962
Yugoslavia and Croatia on Course to War
Percentage of Serbs in Communities Croatia 1991
The beginning of the military frontier and
towards a modern nation
Croatia in 1785
The AustroHungarian Empire 18781918
YugoslavItalian territorial dispute 19141941
rapid economic development