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Dr. Juraj Krnjević: političko djelovanje od 1929. do 1941


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Miličević, Tomislav. (2014). Dr. Juraj Krnjević: političko djelovanje od 1929. do 1941. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of History. [mentor Šute, Ivica].

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After King Alexander declared dictatorship on 6 January 1929, the political work of all parties in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was prohibited. The leadership of the Croatian Peasant Party (Hrvatska seljačka stranka – HSS) decided to send Juraj Krnjević and August Košutić out of the country. Their mission was to try to solve the problems related to the position of Croatia within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia with the help of powerful European countries. Juraj Krnjević spent most of his ten years of emigration (1929–1939) between Geneva, Paris and London. His task was to ensure the support of France, Great Britain and the League of Nations regarding the Croatian question, while receiving instructions and information from the homeland and sending the reports on the international situation back to the party leadership. After the Cvetković–Maček Agreement on 26 August 1939, Krnjević returned to the newly-established Banate of Croatia and assumed the position of the party secretary of HSS. As the party secretary he was in charge of organizational work within the party, as well as intensive fieldwork during which he held numerous HSS assemblies throughout the Banate of Croatia. During his political career, Krnjević worked uncompromisingly to supress the spreading of Ustasha and communist ideas in the society. While his party was going through a division, he stayed faithful to the original HSS’s wait-and-see policy and to the party president Vladko Maček. Krnjević stayed in his homeland until April 1941. After the Yugoslav coup d'état in Belgrade and the beginning of armed conflicts on the territory of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Krnjević emigrated for the second time. He continued his political work in London as the vice-president of the Yugoslav government-in-exile. He stood for the interests of the Croatian people and tried to secure a good position for Croatia after the end of World War II.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Croatian Peasant Party (HSS), Juraj Krnjević, emigration, Croatian question, Banate of Croatia, party secretary, wait-and-see policy, Yugoslav government-in-exile
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Supervisor: Šute, Ivica
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 07:42
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2018 07:42

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