By Nicholas J. Miller
Nicholas Miller chronicles the politics in Croatia (1903-1914,) sooner than the 1st international battle. He examines the mess ups of the Croat-Serbian Coalition that resulted in their destiny lack of ability to create a cohesive civic/democratic union through the conflict years. The Serb-Croat differences—political, ethnic, and regional—prevail to this present day.
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The states nobility, on the other hand, certainly believed itself to be different from the nobility of Hungary, Serbia, or any other neighboring state, but that was a distinction based on feudal notions of obligation and personal privilege, not ethnicity. Croatia became a muddled concept in succeeding centuries. In 1526, after the death of King Louis II in battle with the Ottoman Empire, Croatia and its aristocracy followed neighboring, sovereign Hungary into the domains of the Habsburg monarch, Ferdinand I.
19 These and other decrees like them, issued on an ad hoc basis over the centuries, constituted the basis for the autonomous cultural existence of Serbs in Croatia and Hungary. 20 The most important of Page 8 them accompanied the most important of the migrations: that of 1690, the so-called Velika seoba srba (the Great Migration of Serbs) in which up to forty thousand Orthodox Serbs followed their patriarch, Arsenije III Crnojevic, from Kosovo to todays Vojvodina, contributing to the transformation of the demographic structure of that region of southern Hungary just as Hungary was reentering the Habsburg domains after a century of warfare.
2. CroatiaPolitics and government18001918. I. Title. II. Series. 94972'009'041dc21 97-4821 A CIP catalog record for this book is available from the British Library. Miller Page vii Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii 1 The Croatian Background 1 2 Serbs as Political Actors, 18671903 34 3 The Birth and Short Life of the New Course, 19031907 73 4 Interlude: Persecution and Temptation, 19071909 108 5 The Collapse of the Civic Option in Serbian Politics, 19101914 137 6 Conclusion: The Failure of the Civic Idea Among Croatias Serbs 169 Notes 183 Bibliography 209 Index 219 Page ix Preface The Yugoslavia that I knew when I began research for this book no longer exists.