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Democratic Transition in Croatia
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With the fall of communism and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the successor states have faced a historic challenge to create separate, modern democracies from the ashes of the former authoritarian state. Central to the Croatian experience has been the issue of nationalism and whether the Croatian state should be defined as a citizens’ state (with members of all nationality groups treated as equal) or as a national state of the Croats (with a consequent privileging of Croatian culture and language, but also with a quota system for members of national minorities). Sabrina P. Ramet and Davorka Mati´c have gathered here a series of studies by important scholars to examine the development of Croatia in the aftermath of communism and the war that marred the transition. Sixteen scholars of the region discuss the values and institutions central to Croatia’s transformation from communism and toward liberal democracy. They discuss economic change, political parties, and the uses of history since 1989. To understand the patterns in Croatia, they examine how civic values have been expressed, reinforced, and sometimes challenged through religion, education, and the media. The implications of nationalism in its various manifestations are treated thematically in all the analyses. This book is a companion volume to a similar study on Slovenia, edited by Sabrina P. Ramet and Danica Fink-Hafner and released in fall 2006. Together, these two works form an important case study in comparison and contrast between two countries in the same region going through the transition from communism to liberal democracy. Scholars and policy makers will find a wealth of material in these two volumes.

Table of Contents

  1. cover
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  1. title page
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  1. copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. CHRONOLOGY OF CROATIAN HISTORY
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. 1. WHAT’S LOVE (OF COUNTRY) GOT TO DO WITH IT? Democratic Transition
  2. pp. 22-49
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  1. PART I. HISTORICAL CONTEXT
  2. pp. 29-30
  1. 2. CROATIA SINCE 1989: The HDZ and the Politics of Transition .
  2. pp. 31-62
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  1. 3. REMEMBER VUKOVAR: Memory, Sense of Place, and the National Tradition in Croatia
  2. pp. 63-88
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  1. PART II. CIVIC VALUES AND RELIGION
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. 4. SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRACY AND STRENGTH OF CIVIC ATTITUDES: Croatia Compared with New and Old Democracies
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. 5. POLITICAL VALUES AND ATTITUDES
  2. pp. 109-136
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  1. 6. RELIGION AND VALUES
  2. pp. 137-160
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  1. PART III. TEXTBOOKS, EDUCATION, AND MEDIA
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. 7. BETWEEN CIVIC IDENTITY AND NATIONALISM: History Textbooks in East-Central and Southeastern Europe
  2. pp. 163-192
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  1. 8.THE USE AND MISUSE OF HISTORY TEACHING IN 1990S CROATIA
  2. pp. 193-223
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  1. 9. MEDIA AND CIVIC VALUES
  2. pp. 224-244
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  1. PART IV. COMING TO TERMS WITH NATIONALISM
  2. pp. 245-246
  1. 10. THE BATTLE FOR CROATIA: Three Films by Vinko Brešan
  2. pp. 247-275
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  1. 11. WOMEN ON THE EDGE OF GENDER EQUALITY
  2. pp. 276-299
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  1. 12. CROATIA, REGIONAL COOPERATION, AND THE EU
  2. pp. 300-325
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  1. 13. IS NATIONALISM REALLY THAT BAD? The Case of Croatia
  2. pp. 326-353
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  1. CONCLUSION: Building Liberal Democracy in Croatia
  2. pp. 354-378
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 379-386
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 387-411
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