(Victoria Matteucci, “Zastave”, 2012)
A discussion on nationalism, loyalties in flux and state formation. The Croatian question was one of the most debated issues in the process of reorganization and devolution of state power in the Habsburg Monarchy in the late 19th and early 20th century. We approach it by analyzing the discussions, projects and ideologies of politicians based in the Kingdom of Croatia and Slavonia, which were embedded in a larger “Southern Slavs question” as well as in the political structures of the Kingdom of Hungary, to which these lands belonged, and into the fate of the Empire in general. Thus, the narrative offers an example of how to reframe nation building and state formation through a lens that downplays determinism and continuities. Instead, the eventual inclusion of Croatia and Slavonia into the newborn Yugoslav Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was the result of a rapidly changing international order and ruptures in the discourse of state legitimacy.
Fernando Zamola is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Chair of South-East European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His research interests include the history of Austria-Hungary, nationalism and international relations, and state creation as a problem of international history. He enjoys skiing, walking in the mountains, cooking and spending time with his family and friends. Fernando is the author of The Politics of Croatia-Slavonia 1903-1918. Nationalism, State Allegiance and the Changing International Order.
To cite this episode: Zamola, Fernando; Guidi, Andreas (2016): The Croatian Question in the late Habsburg Empire and the road to a Yugoslav state, The Southeast Passage #011, 01.12.2016, http://thesoutheastpassage.com/podcast/zamola-croatian-question-habsburg-empire-yugoslav-state
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Map of the Kingdom of Croatia and Slavonia as a part of the Habsburg Empire, 1915