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The Croatian Question in the Political Language of British Liberals (1908-1920)


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Balikić, Lucija. (2018). The Croatian Question in the Political Language of British Liberals (1908-1920). Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of History. [mentor Agičić, Damir and Blažević, Zrinka].

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This thesis attempts to outline the most relevant commonplaces and rethorical strategies used in the political languages of the British Liberals in the aforementioned period. Using the Norman Fairclough's threedimensional framework, this work initially examines political and discursive practices and afterwards it introduces the analysis of the discourse itself. In that respect, the discourse is presented by four most relevant commonplaces: „Subject/Oppressed nationality“, „Guardians of the Gate“, „Drang nach Osten“ and „Integral victory“. Simultaneously, each of the commonplaces is attached to the several rethorical strategies which are used to legitimise it but which also reveal the stances, assumptions and goals that British Liberals had while arguing for the Yugoslav unification and the Croatian position within the new state. Finally, following the language analysis, the author argues that there are considerable discrepancies and problems in the relationship between the discourse (production) and the political practice of the same historical actors. The 3 key problems outlined in that context are the secret diplomacy, the critique of German imperalism whilst non-reflecting on the British and the engagement regarding the Croatian Question during the unification and peace settlement. The overall conclusion of this thesis is that the language of British Liberals in that period reveals that they were consciously producing a discourse about the urgent and ethical need for Britain to help the realisation of Yugoslav unification. In doing so, they established imperial authority by monopolising knowledge production on the peoples and lands relevant for their interests combining it with the discourse about Britain's role in the history of the world.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Supervisor: Agičić, Damir and Blažević, Zrinka
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 12:20
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 12:20

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