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Temporary Croatization of Parts of Eastern Slovenia between the Sixteenth and Nineteenth Century

Changing Identities at the Meeting Point of Related Peoples


Boris Golec

This book analyzes the reasons for the emergence and extinction of the Croatian name in four Slovene border regions. The author uses comparative methods and a broad spectrum of sources. In the early Modern Age, the Croatian name established itself in these areas as a temporary phenomenon, replacing the original Slovene name, which at that time had a «pre-national» content and was also used by a considerable portion of today’s Croats. Extending the use of the Croatian name to the Slovene border regions was a component of a broader and long-term process. The author explores how this process was triggered by tectonic geopolitical changes resulting from the Ottoman conquests in the Balkans and the Pannonian Basin.

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Boris Golec is a senior researcher at the Milko Kos Historical Institute at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and an Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts. His research interest also includes the social and cultural history in Slovenia and the neighboring countries in the early Modern Age.

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