Initiative of the Croatian-Slavonic Economic Society in Solving the

Inicijativa hrvatsko-slavonskoga gospodarskog društva za reguliranje "ciganskoga pitanja" u Hrvatskoj i Slavoniji potkraj XIX. st.
Initiative of the Croatian-Slavonic Economic Society in Solving the "Gypsy Question" in Croatia and Slavonia at the End of the 19th Century

Author(s): Danijel Vojak
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar
Keywords: Roma; Croatian-Slavonic Economic Society; peasant population; economic

Summary/Abstract: In this paper the author writes about the initiative of the Croatian-Slavonic Economic Society in solving the "gypsy question" in Croatia and Slavonia at the end of the 19th century. Gospodarski list, Narodne novine, Obzor, reports of local authorities and other relevant literature has been analyzed. Most of the members of the Croatian-Slavonic Economic Society perceived the Romany population as "social parasites", thieves, loafers and immoral persons. This is one of the reasons why they suggested that the state and local authorities expel the foreign Romany population and colonize by force the domestic Romany population. Croatian authorities accepted this initiative and issued in 1893 a new order which had incorporated previous suggestions by the Croatian-Slavonic Economic Society. But the "gypsy question" remained unsolved, mostly because of the inadequate organization of state and local authorities and unwillingness of the Romany people to become a sedentary population.

  • Issue Year: 18/2009
  • Issue No: 104
  • Page Range: 1153-1171
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Croatian