Politics and Fate : Dr. Ivo Pilar and his struggle for the independence of the Croats Cover Image
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Politika i sudbina: dr. Ivo Pilar i njegova borba za samostojnost hrvatskog naroda
Politics and Fate : Dr. Ivo Pilar and his struggle for the independence of the Croats

Author(s): Zlatko Matijević
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Cultural history, Political history, Recent History (1900 till today), Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919)
Published by: Hrvatski institut za povijest
Summary/Abstract: Dr. Ivo Pilar was born in Zagreb, where he also died in unclear circumstances. He completed legal studies in Vienna. From 1905 on, he owned a law firm, first in Tuzla, then in Zagreb. Even in his younger days, he evinced an interest in the problem of artistic creation in a broader social context (Secession). As a political and politically engaged publicist, he wrote in German and Croatian, often using a pseudonym (Dr. Juričić, L. von Sudland, and Florian Lichttrager). He became actively involved in political life, co-founding the Hrvatska Narodna Zajednica (Croatian National Union) in 1910 and the Frankist Party of Right in Bosnia and Hercegovina in 1918. In his political activities and writings he strove for the best solution to guarantee the national existence of the Croats within the Central European geopolitical space. The political leadership of the Monarchy did not comprehend the important results of his insights concerning a possible solution to the Croatian question within the wider context of the vitally important “South Slav Question” (Die Sudslawische Frage und der Weltkrieg). In the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Pilar became a persona non grata due to his political beliefs and was legally persecuted (1921-1922). During the next decade he maintained secret contacts with the most important Croatian politicians. His violent death brought to an end not only his surreptitious political work, but also his scholarly and theoretical studies.

  • Page Range: 213-243
  • Page Count: 31
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: Croatian