A History of Slovenia
Edited By Oto Luthar
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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