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Project code: 6-02-098

Contradictions of the Croatian society in the Kingdom of SHS

Main researcher: STIPETIĆ, ZORICA (44894)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/90. to 12/31/94.

Papers on project (total): 50
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 1
Institution name: Institut za suvremenu povijest, Zagreb (19)
Phone: 385 (0)41/422-888
Phone: 385 (0)41/436-468
Fax: 385 (0)41/428-199

Summary: The social and political crisis, accentuated with the culmination of the national problem in Austria-Hungary on the eve of the World War I and toward its end, has radicalized al national and social ideologies and forces as well, contributing significantly to the breakdown of the Habsburg monarchy. The creation of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs followed by the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes inaugurates a substantially new historic situation, with contradictory social processes: in the new state, set up on the unitarist Yugoslav national principle and centralized state administration, the centuries-long continuance of the Croatian state law (constitutional) particularity and national identity hav been denied and consequently abolished, inclusively all thei spiritual and material manifestations. A reaction to it was a growing sense, among spiritual spheres and social forces, of endangered Croatianism, of its defensive strength and of the necessity to secure unlimited and free national progress. This evolution has been gradual but unarrestable. The phenomenon is present by different, even antagonizing political and social articulations; it is also mediated by numerous political and social ideologies, parties, institutions, cultural means and arts. The subject of this research project is the analysis of these phenomena, as well as the research of manysided repressive system of the Serbian hegemonistic regime and of the economic situation in the rural areas as well. Altugether, these phenomena strongly motivate to rally the Croatian national liberation movement.

Keywords: Croatian history, the inter-war period, the ideology of political parties, state law, the regime repression, the national identity, the intellectuals, the culture, the press, the economy, the rural areas.

Research goals: This research project is aimed to give a scientific contribution at least on two levels: the level of subject-matter and of its interpretation. Of course, it can be realized so far the area of this research is covered by the activity of scientific explorers. As to the level of interpretation, the project does not start from the recently predominant basic point, that the creation and existence of Yugoslavia was the only positive approach; on the subject-matter level, the research will contribute to new problem areas. Thus, it makes possible an increasingly complex scientific understandingof a new historical position of Croatia during the final period of the World War I and of the dissolution of Habsburg monarchy and, later, inside the boundaries of the Kingdom of SHS (1918-1929). This aim will be realized through monographic research (essazs and studies) of numerous key problems on following issues: the state law (constitutional) status; the national and social ideologies on the eve and during the World War I; the constitution of the new state and deprivation of the historic identity of Croatia; the intellectual activity in the areas of ideas and politics; the analysis of the national idea in cultural sphere; and, particulary, a detailed analysis of economic conditions in rural areas. These studies will give analytic estimates on the growth of the Croatian national identity in a state based on Yugoslav unitarism and centralism; the estimates on the nature of the society through the analysis of the new regime repressive methods; finally, the dimensions of the social crises and, simultaneously, new qualities in the evolution of Croatia.


  1. Name of institution: Internationale Tagung der Historiker der Arbeiterbewegung
    Type of institution: State administration
    City: 1020 - Beč, Austrija

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