Croatia and the First World War: National Forgetting in a Memorial Shatter Zone?

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Sindbæk Andersen and Dedović investigate the public memory of the First World War in Croatia. By analysing historiographies, history schoolbooks and public debates, the authors aim to trace the development of Croatian First World War memory: they argue that this memory was rather vague and often almost absent in Croatia before 2013, and that this was largely caused by the absence of a Croatian national tradition of remembering the First World War during the Yugoslav period. This chapter proposes to explain this void by discussing Croatia’s status as a “memorial shatter zone,” a region where public memory narratives are fissured and unstable as a result of changing political conditions leading to disputes and shifting demands of history and memory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobilizing Cultural Identities in the First World War : History, Representations and Memory
EditorsFederica Pedriali, Cristina Savettieri
Number of pages22
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9783030427900
ISBN (Electronic)9783030427917
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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