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Ivan Pernar on Croatian-Serbian Relations after the 1928 Assassination in Belgrade

Zlatko Begonja ; Zavod za povijesne znanosti HAZU, Zadar, Hrvatska

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Ivan Pernar, the people's deputy of the Croatian Peasant Party, who was wounded during the 1928 assassination in Belgrade, during his period of convalescence gave an interview to an Italian newspaperman in which he described in full detail the causes of the deep political crisis which at that time held sway over the territory of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. This crisis was ultimately the direct cause of the bloody act of murder and of the wounding of a number of Croatian deputies in the National Parliament. His views and revelation of facts helped to illuminate a number of events which at that time but also during the previous period had played a key role in the rise of significant political and national disagreements, particularly between the Croats and the Serbs in the new state union of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. This relationship was and continued to be the basic cause of continuous instability in the political and social life of the common state. In the interview Pernar showed in a very convincing fashion the prevalent great Serbian hegemonic aspirations for total supremacy, that is for a position of domination in the state, as well as the opposing Croatian efforts to resist these tendencies.


Ivan Pernar; Kingdom of Serbs; Croats and Slovenes; assassination; amputation of Croatia; 1928

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