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Anica Nazor

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The author gives a brief survey of paleoslavistic research in Croatia after the Second World War. She shows that already during the first post-war years paleoslavistic research made great progress. This research
was conducted by three institutions in Zagreb: Jugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts, the University and the renovated Old Church Slavonic Academy, i.e. the Old Church Slavonic Institute. These studies were initiated by Josip Hamm, Vladimir Mosin, Vjekoslav Stefanic and Josip Vrana who with their enthusiasm gave them their personal stamp. They started from the most important tasks: publishing of basic Old Church Slavonic textbooks, a systematic description and register of the most important fonds of Glagolitic and Chyrillic manuscripts in Croatia as well as publishing of individual literary and non-literary texts, collecting of Glagolitic singing and registering and processing of epigraphic Glagolitic material. This effort resulted in major publications:
the catalogue of Cyrillic and Glagolitic manuscripts and Glagolitic
inscriptions and the transcription of some of the collected samples of Glagolitic singing (from the area of Poljica near Split). The catalogue of Glagolitic manuscripts reveals a wealth of literary texts on the basis of which a new reader of mediaeval Croatian literature was composed. Thus the picture of the history of the oldest Croatian literature,
its contacts and permeation with the oral literature are today much clearer fro:m the picture which was offered by the older Croatian literary history.
Critical editions of the most important Cyrillo-Methodian sources VC, VM and others have been published. They were translated twice into Croatian (from Slovene and from the original). Cyrillo-Methodian anniversaries were celebrated and material prepared for these occasions
was published, two basic Croato-Glagolitic books — a missal and a breviary — important for the reconstruction of the Old Church Slavonic translation of the Bible have been published, a representative corpus of sources for the Dictionary of the Croatian recension of Old Church Slavonic has been excerpted and partly analyzed, research papers on Old Church Slavonic language and its norm have been published, many Glagolitic manuscripts have been discovered, Cyrillo- -Methodian tradition has been popularized etc. With the foundation of the Old Church Slavonic Institute (from 1977 called Department) paleoslavistic studies in Croatia were institutionalized and thus conditions
for the systematic research were met: qualified researchers, a specialized library, a photographic library of manuscripts, a tape library of Glagolitic singing, specialized publications with contributions from Yugoslavia as well as abroad.


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