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Volume42 of theJournal of Croatian Studies
The Croatian Academy of America issuedvolume 42 of the Journal of CroatianStudies, an annual interdisciplinary review dedicated to Croatian studies.
In the opening piece on the response ofthe international community to the war in former Yugoslavia (1991-95), ZdenkaGredel-Manuele examines whether the international community was willing and ableto bring about a peaceful and just solution to the conflict.
Croatia’s musical heritage isaddressed by several contributions. William A. Everett looks at the role ofthree composers with international reputations (Franz von Suppé, Ivan Zajc, andSrećko Albini), who contributed significantly to Croatian operetta of the19th century. Everett’s piece lays the foundation for the contribution byVjera Katalinić, which looks at the famous 1566 siege of Siget and theinspiration that musical composers of the 19th century derived from theunyielding courage of Siget commander and Croatian Ban Nikola ŠubićZrinski, who along with his soldiers, perished while defending the town from avastly superior Ottoman Turkish force.
Hana Breko shares the findings of herresearch into the influences on, and unique features of, medieval musicalliturgical manuscripts of Croatia. In her first piece, she highlights thediscovery of the presence of different chant traditions and scripts of German,Central Italy, and Normano-Sicilian provenance in the region of Dalmatia fromthe late 11th century onward. In her second piece, Breko outlines the range ofliturgical traditions that have influenced the development of plainchant sourcesof the Croatian Middle Ages. She focuses her attention on the influences andfeatures of medieval musical liturgical codices centered around Dubrovnik,Trogir, Zadar, and Šibenik, in Croatia’s littoral region, and those centeredaround Zagreb which represent the northern continental part of Croatia. Bothpieces are accompanied by reproductions from the medieval manuscripts discussedand analyzed.
In the final piece, Jasna M. Meyerpresents the findings of her research into Croatian conversational storytelling,and its comparison to Euro-American conversational storytelling. Through amicroanalysis of discourse, she delineates the conversational structures andpatterns of Croatian storytelling in natural talk for the first time.
Several reviews on recent scholarshipare also included in the issue. James J. Sadkovich provides a thorough criticalreview of Mark Biondich’s recent well-documented and extensively researchedsurvey of Stjepan Radić’s political thought. Two books dealing withYugoslavia, Željan Šuster’s Historical Dictionary and Sabrina P.Ramet’s Balkan Babel, are critiqued by Carol Hodge and Marko AttilaHoare, respectively. Bosnia-Hercegovina are represented in the issue by threebooks: Philip Corwin’s Dubious Mandate, a memoir of his role as UNCivil Affairs coordinator in 1995 Bosnia, is reviewed by Kurt Bassuener; AnteČuvalo’s collection of letters and political memoranda related toBosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in Removing the Mask, is reviewed byNorman Cigar; while Theresa M. Ursic’s Religious Freedom, whichexamines the challenges faced by Catholic nuns in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatiafrom 1945-60, is reviewed by Sabrina P. Ramet. Ivo Goldstein’s recent book Croatia:A History and Damir Zorić’s work on the 18th century ethnologicalinvestigations of Ferdinand Konšćak in Lower California are commented onby Vjeran Pavlaković. The recent issue of the Old Church SlavonicInstitute’s journal Slovo (Zagreb, nos. 47-48) is reviewed by BrankoFranolić, while Stan Granic covers Ivo Smoljan’s Hrvatska dijasporaand Norman Cigar covers Jaksa Kušan’s Bitka za Novu Hrvatsku.
Also included in the issue are reportson the Academy’s 47th Annual General Assembly, meetings with culturalinstitutions in Croatia, academic freedom in Croatia, membership activities, andobituaries.
With this latest 182-page issue, the Journalof Croatian Studies continues to build on its well-established reputation asthe premiere review in English on matters related to Croatian history andculture.
The Croatian Academy of America wasestablished in 1953 and has published the Journalof Croatian Studies since 1960. Managingeditors of the Journal are Karlo Mirthand Jerome Jareb.
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