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Slovensko-srbski politični odnosi v letih 1918-1941 (Slovene)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.01.00  Humanities  Historiography   

Code Science Field
H271  Humanities  Political history 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (2)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  01008  PhD Oto Luthar  Historiography  Head  2005 - 2007  890 
2.  21446  PhD Mateja Ratej  Historiography  Researcher  2005 - 2007  492 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,024 
The relations between the Serbian and the Slovene political elite in the period 1918-1941, which are the subject of our interest in this research project, remained in the background throughout the said period because political discourse was dominated by the issue of Croatia. Despite this, Slovenian-Serbian relations are of essential importance for our understanding of the geopolitics of the Balkans during this period and later, until the escalation during the rule of Slobodan Milošević, i.e. the present day. The candidate's PhD thesis entitled Slovenian Political Catholicism With An Emphasis on the Events in the Štajerska Region between 1923 and 1929 (defended on December 16, 2004 at the Faculty of Education in Maribor, where the candidate worked as a junior researcher between 2000 and 2004), is an in-depth analysis of the parliamentary activity of the Slovenian People's Party, from the elections to the National Assembly in 1923 to the beginning of the dictatorship of King Aleksander Karađorđević, on January 6, 1292. During this period, the Slovenian People’s Party was the largest and the most influential Slovenian party. Its dominant position largely rested on the party’s autonomy-driven stance and federalist views regarding the Slovenian national issue, and on their efforts to achieve sovereignty for the Slovenian nation within the Yugoslav state. At the peak of its political power, it held the ministry of internal affairs and later, a few months before the abolishment of the parliamentary system and the beginning of dictatorship, it took over the government of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Its political ascent was a result of its constructive cooperation with the largest political party in Serbia, the People's Radical Party. However, the public in Slovenia was never fully acquainted with these details, owing to the political interests of the Slovene People's Party. The party entered the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes carrying the label of a conservative and pro-Austrian party of a republican bias. Unlike the party itself, its leader, Dr. Anton Korošec, owing to his merits in the process of unification, always enjoyed high reputation among the public in Serbia and the trust of King Aleksander Karađorđević. On the basis of archive materials stored in the Slovene archives and the archives of Serbia and Montenegro, and with the help of texts published in political papers between the two wars and domestic and foreign literature, the candidate will look into the development of Slovenian-Serbian political relations during the period when these were first institutionalized within the bodies of the common state. Illumination of Slovene-Serbian political cooperation represents an essential contribution to our knowledge about national history between the two world wars and it is of key importance for the understanding of the geopolitics of South-East Europe following the Second World War, which has again become a topical issue.
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