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InCroatia lost political control of this region and 30 percent of dbt land ; inascian sex regained legal and political control. Inwhen the region was restored to Croatian administration, most Krajina Serbs left for Serbia, where many now live as refugees. The Roman Catholics of Herzegovina identify with the Croatian national culture. Herzegovinans generally believe yuys they should be part of Croatia, not linked to Bosnia.

Croats in the diaspora are represented in the national parliament. Location and Geography. Croatia was one of the six republics of the former Yugoslavia. Croats think of themselves as more closely linked with Austria than with the other territories and cultures looking for Croatia dnt mind military guys the former Yugoslavia.

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The capital, Zagreb, is centrally located but was not chosen for that reason. It is the largest city, and historically the political, commercial, and intellectual center. The population was approximately 5 million in Croats make up 78 percent of the population and are the dominant ethnic group. Serbs account for 12 percent, and the remaining 10 percent includes Bosnians, Hungarians, and Slovenes as well as a very small number of Jews and Kosova Albanians. The religious makeup of the nation reflects this ethnic breakdown.

Roman Catholics constitute 77 percent of the population; Serbian Orthodox, 11 percent; and Muslims, 1 percent. The Serb population has amsterdam online dating since Croatian independence from Yugoslavia and the war that began in InSerbs accounted for approximately 17 percent of the population.

Linguistic Affiliation. The Croatian language has three major dialects, identified by three different words for "what"—sto, Craotia, and ca.

From tothe official language was Serbo-Croatian. Even under socialism, Croats often referred to their language as Croato-Serbian instead of Serbo-Croatian or as Croatian.

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Since independence, Croatian and Serbian have been declared separate languages. The government has been working to establish an official Croatian language, resurrecting vocabulary that fell out of general usage under socialism. Croatian and related Southern Slav languages are modern versions of the languages of the Slavic peoples who moved into the lands of the former Yugoslavia around C.

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Under the Hapsburgs, urban Croats spoke German, and Latin was the official language of government. A national reawakening in the nineteenth century focused on the establishment of a national language. The dialects reflect not only regional variation but contact with and domination by different peoples.

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Emergence of the Nation. Croats as a people and a country trace their history to the medieval Kingdom of Croats. Through much of their history, Croats were ruled by another political body, but there were movements to establish national recognition or independence.

Slavic peoples migrated into the Balkans looking for Croatia dnt mind military guys along the Dalmatian coast in the sixth century. They displaced or absorbed the Illyrians, who may be the ancestors of modern Albanians. The mixture of these peoples produced the southern Slavs. The various welcome to atb online banking Slavs remained disparate tribal groups with no clear identity as Croats or Serbs until the ninth century.

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Since the twelfth century, Croatia has been largely under the domination of. The Ottoman Empire guyx a portion of the country for approximately years, after the mid-sixteenth century. Croatia then asked the Austrian Hapsburgs for help against the Turks. This may have been the start of a Croatian preference for the Austrians and dislike for the Hungarians.

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At first, Croats welcomed the union but soon resented the Serbian monarch and the fact that the seat of government was in Belgrade, the Serbian capital.