Culture and Customs of Croatia

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Geography and History

GEOGRAPHY

One only need look at the crescent shape of Croatia to recognize that its borders were not created according to natural geographic barriers or human convenience. An overview of Croatian history illustrates the fluctuating nature of those perimeters, which most recently have been determined by the Homeland War of the 1990s. The conflict and resulting treaties established Croatia’s borders with Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina1, but some issues still remain unresolved. As of August 2010, Croatia has been engaged in a border dispute with neighboring Slovenia, which originated in 1991 when both states left Yugoslavia. This disagreement is of particular importance to Croatia because it has delayed Croatia’s entry into the European Union. The most pressing issue is the border that extends through Piran Bay, also known as Savudrija Bay. At present, its exact location is in doubt, resulting in problems for naval police patrols and confusion over fishing rights.

Croatia is located in southeastern Europe and shares borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, and Montenegro, and has a coastline of 1,104 miles (1,777 kilometers) along the Adriatic Sea. It has a total area of 21,831 square miles (56,542 square kilometers) making Croatia approximately the size of West Virginia and the 133rd largest country in the world.2

Its landscape varies dramatically, as anyone who has driven throughout the country can attest. More than 1,000 islands are spread throughout the coastal

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chronology xiii
  • 1 - Geography and History 1
  • 2 - Religion 43
  • 3 - Civic Values and Political Thought 51
  • 4 - Marriage and Family, Gender Issues, and Education 65
  • 5 - Holidays and Leisure Activities 77
  • 6 - Cuisine and Fashion 91
  • 7 - Literature 107
  • 8 - Media and Cinema 127
  • 9 - Music and Performing Arts 141
  • 10 - Painting and Sculpture 167
  • 11 - Architecture and Housing 193
  • Selected Bibliography 219
  • Index 227
  • About the Author 241
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