Croat academic Lovrenovic: Bosnian Croats 19-th century phenomenon
Quote:Lovrenovic argues that the term ‘Bosnian Croat’ dates only from the 19th century, and thus belongs among the phenomena of the modern era in Bosnia, above all the destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the great changes that it wrought in the region. While agreeing with Bosnian historian Srecko Džaja's thesis that Bosnia's Catholics had for centuries felt a kinship to the Catholics of Western Europe, he believes that ‘Croatization’ is a modern phenomenon, inseparable from the 19th-century ideology of bringing all Croats into one state, from political events following Austria's annexation of Bosnia, and from the concept of ‘Catholic Croatian national sentiment’ introduced by the church hierarchy.
“Before the modern political use of “Croat” as the name of a nation near the end of the 19th century,’ Lovrenovic writes, ‘… Bosnian Catholics with great pride considered Bosnia alone as their country and homeland…’ Nearly 150 years of forgetting their Bosnian [pre-Catholic] roots produced the ‘self-ignorance’ of today's Bosnian Croats…
ABOUT THE ‘HERZEGOVINIAN AFFAIR’
The History of the Tragic Conflicts
between the Bishops and the Franciscans
by: Viktor Nuic, OFM, Dr.
Publisched by: K. KREŠIMIR, Zagreb, 1998
English version by: Snježana Pezer
The Bosnian Vicary was established immediately following the arrival of the Franciscan General, Father Gerald Odnonis to Bosnia, when he came in 1339, to visit the Bosnian ban, Stjepan Kotromanic. The primary task of the Franciscans was to drive back and withstand the Bogumil heresy which would have engulfed Bosnia. Before the Turks occupied Herzegovina that is in 1482, there were only three Catholic monasteries in Herzegovina; in Konjic, Mostar and Ljubuški.
“Before the Turks occupied Herzegovina that is in 1482, there were only three Catholic monasteries in Herzegovina; in Konjic, Mostar and Ljubuški”
Viktor Nuic a CROAT academic
“The term ‘Bosnian Croat’ dates only from the 19th century…”
“‘Croatization’ is a modern phenomenon, inseparable from the 19th-century ideology of bringing all Croats into one state…”
Ivan Lovrenovic a CROAT academic