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(E) Croatian Bibliography by Dr. Branko Franolic
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  05/20/2004 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) Croatian Bibliography by Dr. Branko Franolic








Dr Branko Franolic has just produced a new and
important english language work - A Survey of Croatian
Bibliographies 1960-2003. To understand why this is so
important for Croatia, I spoke to Dr Franolic.

Why did he embark on this project? "After World War 2,
world bibliographies that were published in London and
New York mentioned Croatia until 1958 - then stopped.
This was due to Belgrade policy, which controlled the
flow of information. Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia
were mentioned but not Croatia" Dr Franolic informed
me. Such policies were to have an effect on academic
records of Croatia internationally.

"The 9 volume Bibliography of Bibliographies published
by SAUR in Munich (1983-2003) has very few references
to Croatia, less than the Former Soviet Republic of
Tajikistan, but on a footing with Kyrgyzstan"

"That's the reason to do this bibliography - to cover
this gap of 40 years and increase the amount of

This bibliography of bibliographies is in a way more
complete than the one produced by the National and
University library in Zagreb. This is largely due to
the fact that a law stating that when a book is
published six copies should be deposited with the
library is not respected by some publishers and
authors. "If a book is not recorded in the National
and University library's CIP bulletin it effectively
does not exist" said Dr Franolic.

Dr Franolic had to write to many separate libraries in
Croatia as well as to state archives and scientific
institutes to obtain information about the books held
in their libraries. He received much invaluable
assistance from staff in libraries in places including
Rijeka, Osijek, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik and monastery
libraries in Sinj, Imotski and elsewhere. Due to Dr
Franolic's efforts many bibliographies are now
recorded that would otherwise not be.

In approaching libraries, one of the realities of the
war came to the fore; the deliberate destruction of
cultural material by Serbian forces. The monastery at
Kostajnica was destroyed; only one book remained

That itself shows how important works such as this
are. This bibliography will enable historians and
other academics to be able to access Croatia's history
more fully.

The price of the book is $50 U.S. Dollars (postage &
packing inc) and can be ordered from Dr Branko
Franolic, 15 Midmoor Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19
4JD, England

© Brian Gallagher

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