Croatia: A History
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - madcatnip72 - LibraryThing
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