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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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559 CONTRIbUTING AUTHORS Oto Luthar is a historian and director of the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SRC SASA), a member of its Institute of Philosophy, and a member of the Section for Interdisciplinary Re- search in Humanities. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and a professor of history and theory of historiography at the University of Nova Gorica (UNG). He is the author of the chapters “Divided by the Great War,” “The making of the new state,” “The Slovenes and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes,” “Dictatorship and the turmoil of the 1930s,” “A nation torn apart: World War II in Slovenia,” “Slovenia after the liberation,” “The first five-year period and self-management,” “‘Liberals’ vs. ‘conservatives’.” Igor Grdina is a historian and Slovenist, and a member of the Institute of Cul- tural History at the SRC SASA. He is the author of “The Stars of Celje,” “The bloody fall of the Middle Ages,” “From Humanism to Reformation,” “From Counter-Reformation rigor to Baroque exuberance,” and “Scholars, officials, and patriots changing the world.” Marjeta Šašel Kos is a Senior Research Associate (for epigraphy and ancient history) at the Institute of Archaeology of the SRC SASA. She is the author of chapters “Prehistory: history created by archaeology” and “The Roman Em- pire: conquest and Pax Romana.” Petra Svoljšak is a historian and Senior Scientific Associate at the Milko Kos Historical Institute at the SRC SASA and the director of Cultural History...

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