Croatia: A History

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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

Contents

Foreword page v
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The
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The First Centuries of Croatian History
13
Hungary
21
an encouragement
28
Croatia between
34
Reformation and CounterReformation
41
Early modernisation attempts revolts and Croatias
48
Establishment of Rule and genocide
135
Ethnic and civil war
144
Elevated Ideals to Revenge and Totalitarianism
152
Consequences of the war
158
resolution of the Informbureau
164
Yugoslavia and Croatia on Course to War
198
the Role
239
between the Balkans
257

cooperation and conflict
93
a treaty
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