Was Josip Jelacic a Croat or a Serb

The image of the Banus Josip Jelačić in Croatian historiography

Tokic, Hrvoje (2012) The image of the Banus Josip Jelačić in Croatian historiography.
Diploma thesis, University of Vienna. Faculty of historical and cultural studies
Supervisor: Winkelbauer, Thomas

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The present work continues with the portrayal of the Banus or the deputy of the king in Croatia, Josip Jelačić (1801-1859), in Croatian historiography since their development from the middle of the 19th century to the present day. In Jelačić, who campaigned for both the preservation of the Habsburg monarchy and for Croatian national goals (moderate modernization, unification of the “Croatian countries” within the Habsburg monarchy, emancipation from Hungary), especially in the crisis years 1848/49, but also afterwards, most Croatian historians see primarily or exclusively a protagonist of Croatian national history. For the advocates of the Yugoslav-Marxist current in Croatian historiography after 1945, however, it was only an “anti-national” and “reactionary” “tool of the Austrian counterrevolution ”. Some of the historians in the First Yugoslavia (1918-1941) emphasized and stylized the historical serbophile politics of the Banus, this “Yugoslav patriot”, to “harmony” between Croats and Serbs in their representations. On the other hand, the same Croatian historiographers have often tried to present the political activities of the Banus as factual, close to the source and as critical as possible, as has been observed by German historians (e.g. Wolfgang Kessler). Basically, two developments in Croatian historiography can be illustrated using the Jelačić portrayal. On the one hand, there is a continuity with regard to the professionalization and “scientification” of Croatian historiography, which goes back to its beginnings in the 19th century. The most prominent representatives of these are in the area of ​​overall representations of Croatian history and historical research on the years 1848/49 and Jelačić: first Tadija Smičiklas, then Ferdo Šišić, Ferdo Hauptmann, Jaroslav Šidak, Nikša Stančić and finally Kristina Milković. However, this does not mean that a history of (Croatian) historiography is a linear process, a continuous approach to historical truth. As a result of every political crisis or "turning point" so far (1918, 1941, 1945 and 1990/91), the pressure on the To have increased (professional) historiography to legitimize the new socio-political reality historiographically. Hence the Croatian leaned Historiography (partially) on politically motivated interpretation and presentation of the historical role of Banus Josip Jelačić, his politics and his military achievements.

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Josip Jelačić / Historiography / Croatia 1848/49

Document Type: University thesis (diploma thesis)
Author:Tokic, Hrvoje
Title:The image of the Banus Josip Jelačić in Croatian historiography
Circumference information:169 p.: Kt.
Institution:University of Vienna
Faculty:Faculty of historical and cultural studies
Publication year:2012
Language:ger ... German
Supervisor:Winkelbauer, Thomas
Assessor:Winkelbauer, Thomas
Classification:15 History> 1/15 Historiography
15 History> 06/15 Political History
AC number:AC09588827
Document ID:21067
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