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Croatian Genealogy Newsletter No. 11, January 2005

Historical Demography in Croatia

This recently published book under the title Povijesna Demografija Hrvatske has been written by Vladimir Stipetic and Nenad Vekaric. It contains a wealth of historical, ethnical, and population statistics for Croatia, plus is filled with biographical information on Croatians who have contributed to our understanding of the population history of present day Croatia. Though written in Croatian, it has a 21 page summary in English and French, as is typical of many ethnographic works published in Croatia by the Hrvatska Akademija Znanosti i Umjetnosti, Zavod za Povijesne Znanosti u Dubrovniku (Croatian Academy of Arts and Science, Office of Historical Arts in Dubrovnik).

The volume's 272 pages are well illustrated with charts and photographs including a large number of images of individual Croatians who contributed to the study of Croatian historical demography. Such individuals include Baldo Bogisic (1834-1908) who pioneered the traditional demographic approach and gave us one of the first studies on the institution well know in Croatian history as the zadruga. Mentioned is made of Fran Vrbanic and his economic history approach to demography. Both medieval studies and modern studies are described, such as Irgard Mahnken's study of Dubrovnik's population and Fedor Mikic's population studies of the island of Susak and Brsec in Istria.

This book illustrates how genealogical studies have contributed to the study of Croatian history. Mahnken's study of Ragusan families of the 14th and 15th centuries relies on genealogical data. Parish census and vital records can be used to reconstruct local population statistics as pointed out by Vekaric.

The book is divided into seven chapters covering all aspects of historical demography as it relates to Croatia and Croatians.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. INTRODUCTION
    Origin and future of scientific history
    Roots of historical demographic research in Croatia - traditional and historical economic direction
    Statistical demography direction
    Historical medical and anthropological direction
    Documentary and genealogical direction
    Breakthroughs in historical demographic research in Croatia - demographic trends
    Social anthropological trend in historical demography

  2. INFRASTRUCTURE
    Reference books
    Documents
    Register of births, marriages, and deaths

  3. CROATIAN POPULATION RESEARCH
    Historical demographic synthesis
    Demographic transitions
    Problems of depopulation and loss of agriculture
    War victims and demographic losses
    Famine and epidemics
    Ethnic and national groups in Croatia
      Archaeology and anthropology - disciplinary perspectives for the investigation of ethnicity
      Inclusion of historical demography - research on religious and national structure
      National minorities in Croatia
        Albanians
        Monenegrians
        Czechs, Slovaks, Russians, Ukrainians
        Greeks
        Hungarians
        Bosnian Muslims
        Germans and Austrians
        Gypsies
        Slovenians
        Serbs
        Italians
        Jews
        Others
    Research in family structure
    Marginal groups

  4. REGIONAL STUDIES
      Zagreb
      Northwestern Croatia
      Slavonia
      Banija, Kordun and Lika
      Rijeka, Primorje and Gorski Kotar
      Istria and the Kvarner
      Dalmatia
      Dubrovnik

  5. CROATIANS OUTSIDE CROATIA
    Autonomous Croatians in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Boka Kotorska and Slovenia
    Antemurale Christianitatis
    Mediterranean migration
    Dubrovnik's expansion in the Balkans
    Emigration to oversea countries

  6. OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE: FOREIGN RESEARCH ON HISTORICAL DEMOGPRAHY IN CROATIA

  7. PERSPECTIVES ON CROATIAN DEMOGRAPHIC HISTORY
    Creating new historical demography reference material
    Critical analysis of sources
    Sophisticated historical demographic analyses - development of methodology
    Continued regional research to a new synthesis
Bibliography
Index of personal names
Index of geographical names

ENGLISH SUMMARY
FRENCH SUMMARY

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