Croatia's History

Stone Age man lived in Croatia at the dawn of history but the first recorded societies were those of the Illyrians and Celts many centuries before Greek colonists arrived on the Dalmatian coast in the 3rd Century BC. In 9AD Rome took control of the area lasting till the Huns overran them in the 7th Century plunging Croatia into the Dark Ages. Slavic forefathers of Croats arrived from around modern day Poland and ruled Croatia until it’s absorption into Hungary in 1102. Ottoman Turks pressing into Hungary turned Croatia into a frontline state for two centuries from 1529. Hungarian rule returned until their defeat in WWI and the creation of Yugoslavia in 1918. During WWII Croatia was independent under its Fascist leader Ante Pavelić who fled Tito’s Communists in 1945 restoring Yugoslavia. In 1990 Croatia left Yugoslavia but its Serb minority fought the new authorities. Croatia was embroiled in the Bosnian War until 1995.

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When Croatia declared independence Serb regions of Croatia themselves proclaimed independence. A 1992 ceasefire between Croatia and breakaway Serbs ended in 1995 when the Croatian military recovered lost territory. Ethnic Serbs fled the advancing Croatians. Since 1995 Croatia developed peacefully enjoying robust growth until the European economy went down the toilet in 2008, taking Croatia with it. While economists predict the end of the Euro and the break-up of the European Union, Croatia became a rat joining a sinking ship and joined the EU club in 2013. Despite economic gloom, Croatia remains a cheap, attractive and delicious place to visit with friendly locals proud of their ancient land. The TV hit Game of Thrones is bringing fans in their droves to see the locations; with good reason.

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