Croatia: A Nation Forged in War

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Yale University Press, 2001 - History - 349 pages
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In this book an eyewitness to the breakup of Yugoslavia provides the first full account of the rise, fall, and rebirth of Croatia from its medieval origins to today's tentative peace. Marcus Tanner describes the creation of the first Croatian state; its absorption into feudal Hungary in the Middle Ages; the catastrophic experience of the Ottoman invasion; the absorption of the diminished country into Habsburg Austria; the evolution of modern Croatian nationalism after the French Revolution; and the circumstances that propelled Croatia into the arms of Nazi Germany and the brutal, home-grown 'Ustashe' movement in the Second World War. Finally, drawing on first-hand knowledge of many of the leading figures in the conflict, Tanner explains the failure of Tito's Communists to solve Yugoslavia's tortured national problem by creating a federal state, and the violent implosion after his death.
 

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When Croatia declared itself an independent state in October 1991, the remnant of Yugoslavia reacted by invading and shelling towns such as Dubrovnik. Tanner was a correspondent in the Balkans from ... Read full review

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Before I read this book, I only knew snippets of history on Croatia. This book helped. Now, I know a little more and I understand the animosity between Croatians and Serbs, Austrians, Italians, and Hungarians. I grew up a Croatian American. During my upbringing nobody ever discussed the idea of Croatia. It didn't exist. We only called ourselves Slavs or Slovenians. Though now, I know my ancestors did not come from Slovenia. Croatia is an independent country.  

Contents

2 Croatia Under the Hungarians
16
3 The Ramparts of Christendom
28
4 The Remains of the Remains
41
5 From Liberation to the French Revolution
52
6 Still Croatia Has Not Fallen
66
7 1848
82
8 Neither with Vienna Nor with Budapest
94
9 Our President
108
13 Croatian Spring
184
14 Comrade Tito Is Dead
203
15 God in Heaven and Tudjman in the Homeland
221
16 Serbia Is Not Involved
241
17 Danke Deutschland
261
18 ThousandYearOld Dream
275
19 Freedom Train
299
Notes
314

10 The Sporazum
127
11 The Ustashe
141
12 My Conscience Is Clear
168

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About the author (2001)

Marcus Tanner was Balkan correspondent of the London "Independent" from 1988 to 1994, and subsequently the paper's assistant foreign editor.

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