The book is a synthetic look at Croatian history: from the migration to the Adriatic coast to independence. The narrative framework is defined by political history, yet none the less important are cultural heritage and a lexicon of concepts and ideologemes that determine the Croats’ historical mindset.
The publication stresses the socio‑political and cultural differences that have arisen across the regions of Croatia. In each one, time has measured the epochs out differently, causing several cultural borderlands to emerge. The unification of the various traditions into a single national culture in the 19th century did not push regionalism back into the shadows. On the contrary, it is embedded organically in the cultural landscape and collective vision. Similarly, the painful Yugoslav heritage remains a powerful dividing factor among the Croatian elites to this day.
Sixteenth volume in the Library of Central Europe series edited by Jacek Purchla.
Publication in Polish.
Published in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia as part of the cultural programme for Croatia’s presidency in the Council of European Union (January–June 2020).