Croatia and Yugoslavia: Some Problems of Historical Research Cover Image

Hrvatska i Jugoslavija: neki problemi povijesnih istraživanja
Croatia and Yugoslavia: Some Problems of Historical Research

Author(s): Zdenko Radelić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Hrvatski institut za povijest
Keywords: Dissolution of Yugoslavia; Cretaion of the Independent Republic of Croatia; Causes of 1991 War; Historiography

Summary/Abstract: The author describes some of the fundamental problems of research into the more recent history of Croatia, especially from the perspective of its move to independence. Bringing to light the causes of the collapse of Yugoslavia and the outbreak of war in 1991, he puts forward some possible responses on the basis of research done up to now and the existing literature. He puts forward some hypotheses, which he believes that future research will confirm. The main cause of the collapse of Yugoslavia resides in the incapability of the Communist regime, much as was the case in the earlier monarchist regime, to create common long-term economic and cultural interests among all of Yugoslavia’s constituent peoples, or at least, in a radical variation, to create a Yugoslav nation. The reason for this was that the already formed nationalities aspired to independence and they refused to sacrifice their national individualities and political freedoms on account of the Yugoslavian state community.

  • Issue Year: 35/2003
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 753-768
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Croatian