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The Land Between

A History of Slovenia

Edited By Oto Luthar

This is a history of a space – a space between the Panonian plain in the East and the most northernmost bay in the Adriatic in the West, from the eastern Alps in the North and the Dinaridic mountain area in the South. It is also a history of all the different people who lived in this area. The authors show that the Slavs did not settle an empty space and simply replace the Celto-Roman inhabitants of earlier times; they are, on the contrary, presented as the result of reciprocal acculturation. The authors show that the Slovenes made more than two important appearances throughout the entire feudal era; the same holds for later periods, especially for the twentieth century. This book offers a concise and complete history of an area that finally became an integral part of Central Europe and the Balkans.


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7 PREFACE We were primarily led to write this book because to date there has been no con- cise history of Slovenia, and because we have seen that articles on Slovenia, writ- ten mostly by journalists and politicians, have proved to be not only inadequate but also often incorrect. Especially in the wake of the collapse of socialism and after the outbreak of the war(s) in the former Yugoslavia, the lack of knowledge on Central and East European history caused a stream of factual errors and misleading interpretations. Their repetition led to new misinformation and ques- tionable interpretations, and thus added to the existing confusion. Our aim here is to clarify and correct the most important background without losing ourselves in too many footnotes and endless quotations. In an effort to avoid a one-dimensional description of major events and leading personalities, we have discussed parts of this book with many colleagues from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia–Herzegovina, Austria, Great Britain, and the United States. We will not attempt to list them – any list will necessarily be incomplete. We hope, though, that we have recognized the most important intel- lectual debts through our quotations in the text. There are a few people, however, who cannot be omitted. Following the book’s chronology we would therefore like to thank Breda Luthar, Ivan Turk, Anton Velušček, Janez Dular, Rajko Bratož, Peter Štih, Dejan Djokić, Ivo Banac, Emil Brix, and Peter Vodopivec. We would also like to stress that the writing of the...

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