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The Italians of Dalmatia

The Italians of Dalmatia: From Italian Unification to World War I

Translated by Shanti Evans
Copyright Date: 2009
Pages: 384
  • Book Info
    The Italians of Dalmatia
    Book Description:

    Using little-known Italian, Austrian, and Dalmatian sources, Monzali explores the political history of Dalmatia between 1848 and 1915, with a focus on the Italian minority, on Austrian-Italian relations and on the foreign policy of the Italian state towards the region and its peoples.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-9776-8
    Subjects: History, Political Science

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-xiv)
    Konrad Eisenbichler

    What should she do, indeed? To Shakespeare’s contemporaries in Renaissance England, Illyria was not only a quasi-mythical land of bright sunshine, excellent food, fine wine, and good government but also a place where wayfarers might be shipwrecked by sudden storms, siblings separated, genders switched, identities confused, and strangers mistaken for pirates. In Shakespeare’sTwelfth Nightit all eventually ended happily with several marriages and good socio-economic arrangements for all the main characters, except for Malvolio, whose obsessive interest in himself alone led to his ridicule and demise.

    Illyria is the ancient name for Dalmatia, the land along the eastern coastline...

  4. Preface
    (pp. xv-xvi)
    Franco Luxardo
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xvii-xx)

    The aim ofThe Italians of Dalmatia: From Italian Unification to World War Iis to reconstruct the fundamental phases in the history of the Italians of Dalmatia during the last decades of Habsburg rule and to analyse the progressive emergence of a political relationship between liberal Italy and the Italian minority in Dalmatia in the years preceding the outbreak of World War I.

    Italian linguistic and cultural groups had settled in the main urban centres of the Dalmatian coast since the Early Middle Ages and had lived for centuries in harmony with the other nationalities of Dalmatia (Croats, Serbs...

  6. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxi-2)
  7. 1 A Slav-Italian Nation: The Italian Dalmatians and the Birth of Autonomist Liberalism
    (pp. 3-70)

    Dalmatia emerged as a historical and political concept in the Roman era. Augustus created a Roman province named after the Dalmati, Delmata or Delmatae, an Illyrian tribe that lived on the eastern coasts of the Adriatic. This province incorporated the central and western Balkans – not just the east coast of the Adriatic from eastern Istria to the Drina River but also a vast hinterland that was bounded to the north by the southern part of the territory traversed by the Sava River and that comprised the modern regions of Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Montenegro, and much of Albania and Serbia. The...

  8. 2 The War of 1866 and the Emergence of the Italian National Question in Dalmatia
    (pp. 71-184)

    The growing rivalry between Prussia and Austria within the German Confederation was the political development that allowed the kingdom of Italy to challenge the Habsburg Empire on the battlefi eld in 1866.¹

    Between 1863 and 1865, with the backing of Great Britain, which saw the problem of the Veneto as a source of instability in European politics,² Italian diplomacy had tried to find a peaceful solution to the Venetian question but without concrete results. In the face of deteriorating Franco-Russian relations, provoked by the violent suppression of the uprising in Poland, Marco Minghetti’s government had sent Count Giuseppe Pasolini on...

  9. 3 The Italians of Dalmatia Between the Habsburg Empire and Italy from 1896 to 1915
    (pp. 185-344)

    As we have seen, the Dalmatian Autonomist Party saw a profound reduction in its political influence in Dalmatia over the course of the 1880s and 1890s. Victim of the shift in the Habsburg Empire’s domestic and foreign policy, autonomist liberalism lost control of all the main Dalmatian cities except Zara and became a minority force with respect to pan-Croatian nationalism, which was now dominant at the regional level as well as in political representation at Vienna. The crisis in autonomism resulted in an important change in the nature of this movement. In the face of the emergence and growing strength...

  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 345-382)
  11. Index of Names and Places
    (pp. 383-403)