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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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Oto Luthar is a historian and director of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), and a member of its Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. He is the author of the chapters “Divided by the Great War,” “The making of the new state,” “The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes,” “Dictatorship and the crisis,” “A nation torn apart: World War II in Slovenia,” “Establishment of the new order,” “The first five-year period and self-management.” Igor Grdina is a historian and Slovenist, and a member of the Institute of Cultural History at the ZRC SAZU. 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 ZRC SAZU. She is the author of chapters “History created by archaeology” and “The Roman Empire: conquest and Pax Romana.” Petra Svoljšak is a historian and Senior Scientific Associate at the Milko Kos Historical Institute at the ZRC SAZU and the director of Cultural History undergraduate program at UNG. She is the author of “French rule,” “The pre- March era, the time of non-freedom,” “The year of freedom, the 1848 revolu- tion, and United Slovenia,” “The Slovenes in the constitutional era,” “Unity and national existence,” “In the shackles of political parties,” and “The other side...

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