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The Kingdom of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
(Croatian: Kraljevina Dalmacija; German: Königreich Dalmatien; Italian: Regno di Dalmazia) was a crown land of the Austrian Empire
Austrian Empire
(1815–1867) and the Cisleithanian half of Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
(1867–1918). It encompassed the entirety of the region of Dalmatia, with its capital at Zadar.

Contents

1 History

1.1 First Austrian Administration 1.2 French Administration

1.2.1 End of the Republic of Ragusa 1.2.2 Dalmatia
Dalmatia
under French

1.3 Second Austrian Administration

1.3.1 Croatian National Revival in Dalmatia 1.3.2 Conflict between People's and Autonomist parties 1.3.3 Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian
split 1.3.4 First World War

2 Demographic history

2.1 1818–1857 2.2 1880 2.3 1900 2.4 1910

3 Cities 4 Administrative subdivisions 5 Religion 6 Governors 7 Military 8 Politics

8.1 Dalmatian Parliament 8.2 Reichsrat

9 See also 10 Literature 11 References 12 External links

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The Habsburg Monarchy
Habsburg Monarchy
had annexed the lands of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
after the Napoleonic War of the First Coalition: when Napoleon
Napoleon
Bonaparte launched his Italian Campaign into the Habsburg duchies of Milan
Milan
and Mantua in 1796, culminating in the Siege of Mantua, he compelled Emperor Francis II to make peace. In 1797 the Treaty of Campo Formio was signed, whereby the Habsburg emperor renounced possession of the Austrian Netherlands
Austrian Netherlands
and officially recognized the independence of the Italian Cisalpine Republic. In turn, Napoleon
Napoleon
ceded to him the possessions of the Republic of Venice, including the Dalmatian coast (Venetian Dalmatia) and the Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
(Venetian Albania). La Serenissima had sided with Austria in order to defend her Domini di Terraferma and was occupied by French troops on 14 May 1797. The treaty ended the centuries-long history of the Venetian Republic. The newly acquired Habsburg crown land stretched from the Rab
Rab
Island and Karlobag
Karlobag
in the north down the Adriatic
Adriatic
coast to Budva
Budva
in the south, while the Republic of Ragusa
Republic of Ragusa
(Dubrovnik) retained its independence until 1808. When in 1804 Francis II created the title of Emperor of Austria
Emperor of Austria
for himself (as Francis I), he also added that of " King
King
of Dalmatia" (Dalmatiae Rex). However, the possessions were again lost after the Austrian defeat in the Battle of Austerlitz
Battle of Austerlitz
and the 1805 Peace of Pressburg, when they temporarily formed part of the French Illyrian Provinces. Not until the Congress of Vienna
Congress of Vienna
in 1814–15 was the Kingdom of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
formed from the regained territories, now including the former Republic of Ragusa
Republic of Ragusa
and stretching down to Sutomore
Sutomore
in the southeast. Around 1850, the Austrians had the Prevlaka
Prevlaka
fortress erected to control the maritime traffic in the Bay of Kotor. Upon the Revolutions of 1848, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was temporarily under the control of Ban Josip Jelačić of Croatia. However, the Italian-speaking elite dominating the Diet of Dalmatia
Diet of Dalmatia
urged autonomy for the kingdom as an Austrian crown land – against the Croatian national revival
Croatian national revival
movement's demand for a Triune Kingdom
Triune Kingdom
of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia. In the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, a unification with the Kingdom of Croatia- Slavonia
Slavonia
was denied. While Croatia- Slavonia
Slavonia
was incorporated into the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
remained a crown land of the Cislethanian (Austrian) half of the Dual Monarchy. The kingdom was a separate administrative division of Austria-Hungary until 1918, when its territory – except for Zadar
Zadar
and the island of Lastovo, which were annexed by the Kingdom of Italy – became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs
State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs
and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
(later the Kingdom of Yugoslavia). As a result of the Vidovdan Constitution
Vidovdan Constitution
(in 1921), the majority of the kingdom was divided into the Split Oblast and Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Oblast, with the Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
being administratively split off to the largely Montenegrin Zeta Oblast. First Austrian Administration[edit] Many workers and citizens throughout Dalmatia
Dalmatia
were revolted by the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797. A strong movement for unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
has emerged. The Franciscans
Franciscans
and many other members of the clergy held gatherings, for example in the village of Gornji Karin, where they demanded unification.[1] They were joined by the Archbishop Lelije Cipiko of Split, Bishop of Makarska
Makarska
and the Orthodox clergy. In June 1797, they formed a delegation which planned to travel to Vienna and ask the Emperor to approve unification but they were precipitated by the Treaty of Campo Formio, so they decided to contact Croatian Ban instead.[1] By the Treaty of Campo Formio, signed on 18 October 1797 between the French First Republic
French First Republic
and the Habsburg Monarchy, Venetian territories were divided between the two states with Habsburg Monarchy gaining Istria
Istria
and Dalmatia. Austrian army, with about 4,000 soldiers, was led by the Croatian general Mathias Rukavina von Boynograd
Mathias Rukavina von Boynograd
in the military campaign of claiming newly acquired territories. Rukavina, a supporter of the unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and Croatia-Slavonia, was named Military Governor
Governor
of Dalmatia. The people and the clergy were delighted to see the arrival of a Croat-led army composed predominantly of ethnic Croats.[2] However, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was treated as a newly-conquered territory so it didn't have an autonomous government but was directly subjected to the Government in Vienna. In 1798, the Royal Government (Croatian: C.kr. Vlada; Italian: Cesareo Regio Governo), headed by the governor, was founded in Zadar. Members of the government and the governor were appointed by the Emperor and were subordinated to the Royal Court Committee for Istria, Dalmatia, and Albania in Venice (Croatian: C.kr. dvorsko povjerenstvo za Istru, Dalmaciju i Albaniju; Italian: Ces. Reg. commissione aulica per l'Istria, Dalmazia ed Albania), and since 1802 to the Viennese Royal Chamber's Section for Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
(Croatian: Sekcija za Dalmaciju i Boku kotorsku Dvorske kancelarije). Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was divided into administrative-court districts, headed by the rectors and judge-administrators. Seats of these districts were in Cres, Krk, Rab, Pag, Zadar, Nin, Novigrad, Skradin, Šibenik, Knin, Sinj, Trogir, Split, Klis, Omiš, Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Imotski, Makarska, Poljica and Metković. In 1802, the Royal Court officially rejected the request for the unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia. During its short first administration of Dalmatia, Austrian government didn't much change the existing Venetian system and has only implemented limited reforms in education and the judiciary. In 1803, a gymnasium was opened in Zadar. Following the Austrian defeat against Napoleon, and according to the provisions of the 1805 Peace of Pressburg, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was handed over to the French who annexed it to Napoleon's client state - Kingdom of Italy, thus ending first Austrian administration of Dalmatia. French Administration[edit] Following the Peace of Pressburg, Napoleon
Napoleon
sent General Gabriel Jean Joseph Molitor to take over Dalmatia. In February 1806, the French occupied northern Dalmatia
Dalmatia
down to the Neretva River. The Bay of Kotor, which was also given to the Franch by the Peace, was held by the Russians and their allies Montenegrins. In addition, Russians also occupied the Korčula
Korčula
and sought to capture the Republic of Ragusa.[3] End of the Republic of Ragusa[edit] Further information: Republic of Ragusa
Republic of Ragusa
§ End of the Republic According to the provisions of the Peace of Pressburg, France was entitled to all of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and the Bay of Kotor. The territory of the Republic of Ragusa
Republic of Ragusa
(Dubrovnik) cut off terrestrial connection between those French territories.[4] With Napoleon's army on one side, and the weakened Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
on other, the Republic was no longer safe.[5] On May 27, 1806, endangered by Russians, Republic surrendered without resistance to the French troops. Namely, the French squadron of about 1,200 soldiers under the command of General Jacques Lauriston
Jacques Lauriston
entered the city under the false pretenses.[6] Since the entry of the French army into Dubrovnik, war operations in Ottoman Empire, led by the joint Russian military and Montenegrin paramilitary forces, who were assisted by Serb population from the hinterland, began. At the beginning of October 1806, with the help of General Auguste de Marmont, the hostile Russian army was expelled from the territory of the Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Republic. Shortly thereafter, French took over Dubrovnik's Government. Needs of a large number of French troops financially exhausted Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Navy was destroyed or lost in the Mediterranean ports, and once very lucrative trade with the hinterland was interrupted. On January 31, 1808, General Marmont, with Napoleon's approval, dissolved the Dubrovnik's Senate and abolished Dubrovnik's independence. After the abolition of the Republic, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
area with Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
was subjected to Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy and between 1810 and 1814 included in the French Illyrian Provinces. Dalmatia
Dalmatia
under French[edit]

General Auguste de Marmont, military commander of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
during the French rule (1806-1813)

Soon after the occupation of Dalmatia, Napoleon
Napoleon
appointed General Vincenzo Dandolo
Vincenzo Dandolo
to the position of the provéditeur général of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
(appointed on April 28, 1806) and General Auguste de Marmont to the position of a military commander of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
(appointed on June 12, 1806).[7][8] Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was administratively linked to the Kingdom of Italy whose seat was in Milan. On October 14, 1809, Illyrian Provinces were created with the Treaty of Schönbrunn.[9] The center of the Dalmatian Government (Italian: La Proveditura Generale), led by the General Dandolo, was in Zadar. Italian become the official language. Dalmatian interests were advocated (only formally) by the so-called Dalmatian minister without portfolio who worked at the then central government of the Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Italy
in Milan. Ivan Stratico served as a Minister for a long time. Proveditura Generale was divided into six departments (judiciary, internal affairs, finance, military affairs, teaching, accounting) that were led by the department heads. In addition, there were also 1 police and 1 military supervisor. All of them were subordinated to the Secretary-General (Italian: Segretario Generale) who was Proveditore Generale's right hand. Main Council of Dalmatians (Italian: Consiglio Generale della Dalmazia) was an advisory body. It was composed of 48 members who were chosen by the Government from the districts, one or more from each, according to the number of districts' inhabitants. The first members were appointed by the Government alone, and after each year 12 of them would resign, after which the Council proposed a list from which the Government would then pick 12 new candidates and appoint them to serve on the Council. The Council was presided over by the Proveditore Generale and it discussed various subjects relevant for Dalmatia. Councils' conclusions were only valid after Proveditore Generale's formal confirmation.[10] The judiciary was separated from the administration. There were 22 local or reconciliatory courts (Italian: Ludici Locali o di Pace), primarily in all districts, as well as in some other more important areas. Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
were seats of the tribunals which were courts of appeal for local courts and first-instance courts in all civil and criminal cases. Furthermore, a Court of Appeal for Tribunal verdicts was established in Zadar, while the Court in Milan was the Supreme Court (Italian: Tribunale di Cassazione). The original intention was to introduce French laws ( Napoleonic Code
Napoleonic Code
et al.), but it soon became apparent that this would have been unfeasible due to the popular perceptions and customs, especially in property, inheritance and marital affairs. Therefore, in addition to superior French laws, Austrian and Venetian laws were also implied. The equality of all before the law was introduced as well.[10] Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was territorially divided into counties, districts, municipalities, and villages. According to such division, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was divided into four counties: Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Makarska. Zadar County was divided into six districts (Zadar, Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Rab and Pag), Šibenik
Šibenik
County into three (Šibenik, Skradin
Skradin
and Knin), Split County into five (Split, Trogir, Sinj, Nerežišća
Nerežišća
and Hvar) and Makarska
Makarska
into three (Makarska, Imotski
Imotski
and Korčula). County was led by a commissioner (Italian: Delegato), district by a Vice-commissioner (Italian: Vice-delegato), municipality by a municipal mayor, and village by an elder captain (Italian: Capitani-anziani). When the Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
was given to France by the 1809 Treaties of Tilsit, and a year later the Republic of Dubrovnik was abolished, a special Proveditore Generale, Dominik Garagnin, was appointed to rule over four counties (Cavtat, Ston, Lopud
Lopud
and Kotor) and two districts ( Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi
and Budva). The new territorial-administrative system has fundamentally redefined the existing Venetian system in Dalmatia. Some forms of governing bodies from the Venetian period were retained, e.g. the position of the Proveditore Generale and in military terms, the reshuffled institutions of territorial forces. During the French rule in Dalmatia, not much has been done for Dalmatian economic prosperity.[9] The first feature of the cultural revival of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
under the French administration was the launch of the bilingual weekly Il Regio Dalmata – Kraglski Dalmatin, whose first issue came out on July 12, 1806. Particular attention was devoted to education, as there were virtually no schools in Dalmatia
Dalmatia
when General Dandolo first arrived. French sought to build road connections with northern Croatia, and partly with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Construction of new roads was probably followed by military-strategic interests (with respect to the maritime blockade of the Adriatic
Adriatic
by England and Russia), but they were also used for economic purposes. Many Dalmatians, especially lower clergymen with the Franciscans
Franciscans
at their forehead, hated the French administration, seeing in them "atheists and Jacobins" because the French revoked numerous privileges of some Dalmatian municipalities and corporations trying to modernize Dalmatia.

Franjo Tomašić, the first governor of the Kingdom of Dalmatia

Second Austrian Administration[edit]

Landward Gate in Zadar, the capital of the Kingdom of Dalmatia, 1909

Already in 1811, the British took over Vis from French, and in 1812 Lastovo, Korčula, Pelješac, Hvar, Cavtat, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
islands and Split. Kotor
Kotor
was held by the Russians. After Napoleon's defeat in the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, the Austrian Empire
Austrian Empire
took control of the Illyrian provinces. The takeover of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was easily accomplished in the fall of 1813 by General Franjo Tomašić
Franjo Tomašić
and his troops of 2,900 Croatian soldiers, because the people of Dalmatia, under the leadership of the clergy, especially the Franciscans, met them as liberators. After the surrender of Zadar
Zadar
(December 6), General Todor Milutinović went on a military campaign to take over Dubrovnik (succeeding on January 27, 1814) and Bay of Kotor, which he did by June 1814. Thus, territory stretching from Zrmanja
Zrmanja
river to the town of Budva
Budva
was again subordinated to Vienna. This was confirmed at the 1815 Congress of Vienna.[10] Baron Tomašić was appointed new Governor
Governor
of Dalmatia, while the administration was taken over by the newly formed Provincial Government which was led by Tomašić himself. In order to integrate the area between Rab
Rab
and Budva, the Viennese court has established a special territorial unit - Kingdom of Dalmatia. With the same intent, Pope Leo XII
Pope Leo XII
issued papal bull Locum Beati Petri by which he founded unified Zadar
Zadar
metropolis which was superior to all Dalmatian dioceses, including historical Archdioceses of Split and Dubrovnik.[11] In the period between 1816 and 1822, all new bodies of central and provincial government were founded in Zadar. The judicial reorganization was carried out as well. These administrative and judicial bodies worked until 1852/1854 and some until 1868, when the whole administration was reformed, when new judicial organs and provincial governing bodies were established. Such organization, with minor changes, remained in force until 1918. By the provisions of the 1861 February Patent, Diet of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was founded. Austrians were bringing foreign civil servants to Dalmatia, mostly from Austria and northern Italy (then part of the Monarchy).[12] In 1832, a new road that went through Velebit's Mali Alan mountain pass was opened. It was the only connection between Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and continental Croatia. The Austrian government increased the number of schools; by 1839 there were 50, and by 1846 around 150, attended by a third of school children. Croatian language in schools was almost an exception in comparison to Italian. Croatian National Revival in Dalmatia[edit] French and Austrian rule greatly contributed to Croatian national awakening in Dalmatia, which was also influenced by the ideas of the Illyrian movement, active in the Kingdom of Croatia. In 1835, Božidar Petranović began printing Serbo-Dalmatian Magazine (Croatian: Srbsko-dalmatinski magazin) in Zadar, while in 1844 Ante Kuzmanić launched Zora dalmatinska magazine (English: Dalmatian Dawn) and began working on the linguistic and national awareness of the Dalmatians, which was until then only encouraged by the clergy. Revolutionary 1848 initially created political division between the markists, who wanted to rebuild the Republic of St. Mark, and the monarchists, proponents of the Habsburg Monarchy. As wealthy Italians
Italians
had full control over cities and their assemblies due to the electoral system, proposals of the Croatian Kingdom's county and city assemblies to the "Dalmatian brothers of the same blood and language" for the unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and Croatia, were rejected. Nevertheless, Croatian national movement was very strong. In response to the Autonomist Party's refusal to accept unification, vicars and inhabitants of the Dalmatian Hinterland sent a letter to the Croatian ban Josip Jelačić
Josip Jelačić
in which they stated that they were still seeking unification and that its opponents were in the great minority. In December 1848, Emperor Franz Joseph I appointed Jelačić Governor
Governor
of Dalmatia. His appointment was opposed by the Split and Zadar
Zadar
municipalities (both governed by the Autonomist Party), while Croats, especially those in Dubrovnik, met Jelačić with great expectations that were later mostly not fulfilled.[13] Jelačić's role remained largely ceremonial, and the Viennese court refused any discussion on the matter of unification. In 1851, ban Jelačić visited Kingdom, and was welcomed with special enthusiasm in Dobrota.[14] In order to counter the opponents of unification ( Italians
Italians
in particular), Croats
Croats
were establishing public libraries and cultural societies throughout Dalmatia, mostly under the "Slavic" name. Eventually, Government made the decision by which the Croatian language
Croatian language
was thought as a second language in Dalmatian schools. However, there weren't many schools in which the Croatian language was being thought so that's why the Franciscans
Franciscans
founded first Croatian gymnasium in 1854 in Sinj. Conflict between People's and Autonomist parties[edit]

Mihovil Pavlinović
Mihovil Pavlinović
was one of the most prominent advocators of unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia

In 1860, Emporer Franz Joseph I decided to renew Empires' constitutional and political life so he convened an expanded Imperial Council. Representatives of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia, Ambroz Vranyczany and Josip Juraj Strossmayer, raised the question of the unification of the Kingdoms of Croatia- Slavonia
Slavonia
and Dalmatia. A representative of Dalmatia, Frane Borelli, stated that the Italians were indeed a minority in Dalmatia, but that he didn't believe it was the right time for unification. At the time, there were two opposing political parties in Dalmatia: Croatian nationalist liberal People's Party, led by Miho Klaić
Miho Klaić
and Mihovil Pavlinović, and Italian nationalist conservative Autonomist Party, led by Antonio Bajamonti and Luigi Lapenno. Autonomist Party
Autonomist Party
was supported by the Dalmatian Governor
Governor
Lazar Mamula, the cities of Zadar
Zadar
and Split, some other smaller cities and municipalities, as well as the Viennese court that feared the weakening of Austria in relation to Croatia- Slavonia
Slavonia
and Hungary if the unification happened. People's Party was supported by Stari Grad, Vrboska, Metković, Bol, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
and Kotor. The main point of People's Party program was the unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with Croatia- Slavonia
Slavonia
and the introduction of Croatian language
Croatian language
in the administration and education. On the occasion of the convocation of the Ban's Conference in Zagreb in 1860, representatives from Dalmatia
Dalmatia
were invited to discuss unification, but the Autonomist Party, supported by Ante Mamula, obstructed initiative.[15] Diet of Dalmatia
Diet of Dalmatia
was first convened in 1861. Autonomist Party
Autonomist Party
held the majority of seats due to the unfair electoral system by which large landowners, clerks, and representatives of wealthy citizens, although accounting for only around 20% of the Dalmatian population, had a significant advantage. Diet refused unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with Croatia-Slavonia. The Austro-Prussian War
Austro-Prussian War
and Third Italian War of Independence
Third Italian War of Independence
resulted in an 1866 maritime Battle of Vis. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, which strengthened the division and unveiled the prospect of unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with Croatia- Slavonia
Slavonia
to a minimum, the People's Party returned to the political and cultural struggle to croatize Dalmatia, especially focusing on schools, wanting to introduce Croatian as a teaching language. Therefore, their aim was to win power in the municipalities, since the school curriculums were within the municipal scope.[16] In 1862, they launched a weekly in Italian Il Nazionale in order to win over voters whose primary language was Italian. They later started publishing weekly in Croatian Narodni list (English: People's Gazzette) as well. In 1869, Mihovil Pavlinović wrote Croatian political program -Hrvatska misao (English: Croatian Thought), in which he advocated the Croatian right to independence and the establishment of unified and constitutional Croatian state that would have included all "historical Croatian territories", including Dalmatia.[17][18] In October 1869, an uprising occurred in the Bay of Kotor.[19] The uprising broke out after decisive Prussian victory over Austrian Empire in the 1866 Battle of Königgrätz, and consequential introduction of mandatory conscription for the people from that region who were by then traditionally exempt from conscription. Due to conscription, sailors lost essential years they could have used for work on the sea. People that lived in the mountains were disarmed so they lost the opportunity to go to Herzegovina
Herzegovina
to hunt small and large cattle. The formal peace accord, by which the conscription was abandoned, and people allowed to retain their weapons, was signed on 11 January 1870.[20] Members of the People's and Autnonmist parties were increasingly clashing as tensions began to rise. On July 31, 1869, during the visit of the Italian ship on a hydrographic mission, a clash between Italian sailors and Croatian citizens of Šibenik
Šibenik
broke out. 14 Italian sailors and a few Croats
Croats
were seriously injured. This clash turned into a diplomatic conflict between the Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Italy
and Austria-Hungary, known as Monzambano Affair.[21] In the meantime, People's Party started organizing better and slowly winning rural municipalities in Dalmatian Hinterland
Dalmatian Hinterland
and on the islands, which culminated in the 1870 election on which it won the majority of seats in the Diet. On February 15, 1873, the Party won first major city - Šibenik, where Ante Šupuk was elected mayor. In 1882, despite the intimidation and violence by Autonomist Party's paramilitary units, People's Party Gajo Bulat defeated Autonomist Party's Antonio Bajamonti, thus becoming the Mayor
Mayor
of Split. Shortly thereafter, People's Party won the election in the Stari Grad and Trogir municipalities, while the Autonomist Party
Autonomist Party
only governed Zadar. In 1883, Croatian was proclaimed the official language of the Diet of Dalmatia. At the same time, the network of Croatian schools grew. In 1866, the Croatian Teachers' School (Croatian: Hrvatska učiteljska škola) was opened in Arbanasi near Zadar. In 1883, there were about 300 primary, and 3 high schools (in Dubrovnik, Kotor
Kotor
and Split) in which the Croatian language
Croatian language
was thought. In 1898, Croatian gymnasium was opened in Zadar. Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian
split[edit]

Erection of the monument dedicated to Ivan Gundulić
Ivan Gundulić
in Dubovnik, 20 May 1893

Ever since Vuk Karadžić, Ilija Garašanin
Ilija Garašanin
and Jovan Subotić
Jovan Subotić
started writing about Dalmatia
Dalmatia
as Serbian land, and following the recognition of the Kingdom of Serbia
Kingdom of Serbia
as an independent state on the 1878 Congress of Berlin, different interests of Croats
Croats
and Serbs
Serbs
in Dalmatia
Dalmatia
become more evident. Serbs
Serbs
continuously started mentioning Dalmatia
Dalmatia
as a "Serbian land".[22] After Croatia's enthusiasm with the Austro-Hungarian occupation of BiH, which involved numerous Croatian soldiers from Dalmatia, many of whom had died, and the request for the unification of Bosnia- Herzegovina
Herzegovina
with Croatia-Slavonia, the conflict was inevitable.[23] In 1879, Serbs
Serbs
from Bukovica voted for the Italian candidate of the Autonomist Party, instead of People's Party Mihovil Klaić. People's Party called this Bukovica betrayal.[23] Shortly afterward, separate Croatian and Serbian parties were founded, but Croats
Croats
still held a majority in the Diet of Dalmatia. In November 1881, Serbs
Serbs
and Montenegrins that lived in the hinterland of the Bay of Kotor, on the territory of the Kingdom of Dalmatia, rebelled against the mandatory conscription, which was the obligation of all citizens of the Monarchy. Austrian army, headed by field marshal Stjepan Jovanović, suppressed the rebellion in May 1882. In 1891, Frano Supilo
Frano Supilo
started publishing Crvena Hrvatska (English: Red Croatia) journal in which he was writing against Serbian pretensions on Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and in favor of unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with Croatia.[24] In 1893, on the occasion of the erection of a monument dedicated to Ivan Gundulić
Ivan Gundulić
in Dubrovnik, there were great tensions between Croats and Serbs. Namely, many Croatian dignitaries, politicians, and artists came to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
so the festivity turned into an exhibition of Croatian nationalism when people started chanting for Croatia, as opposed to the wishes of the local Serbs
Serbs
and some of the people of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
who were proponents of the Serbian ideas, like Medo Pucić. With the affirmation of the so-called New Direction Policy, Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian
relations started getting better, which was confirmed with the singing of the Zadar
Zadar
Resolution on 25 February 1907. Dr. Lovro Monti stated: "With Serbs, we can do a lot, without Serbs
Serbs
a little, and against Serbs
Serbs
nothing."[25] In 1905, for the first time, a native of Dalmatia, Niko Nardelli (NS), was appointed Governor. In 1912, Italian was abolished in public offices and courts. However, Austrian government still used Italian and German in the official correspondence. First World War[edit]

SMS Erzherzog Ferdinand Max, 1905

Immediately upon the outbreak of the First World War, all organizations that the government considered close to Serbia or to the idea of the creation of a single state for all South Slavic peoples were forbidden. Many prominent politicians were persecuted and arrested while some emigrated. Until 1915, when Kingdom of Italy suddenly switched sides to the Allies, there were no war operations on the Adriatic, but since then the maritime conflicts become frequent. Due to the Allied blockade of the Strait of Otranto, trade in the Adriatic
Adriatic
almost completely stopped. The government recruited many ships for military purposes, while the civilian sailing has been almost completely suspended. Mandatory blackouts were imposed on the islands and in the ports due to the fear of bombing. A number of church bells were removed, melted and used for war purposes. Fighting was also taking place around Lastovo
Lastovo
and the distant islands so artillery batteries were placed there. In 1917, French Air Force bombed Lastovo.[26] In Dalmatia, hunger and scarcity began to emerge, while at the same time Hungarian laws banned the export of foodstuff to the Austrian half of the Monarchy (which Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was part of) in the case of war. Dalmatia
Dalmatia
received food aid through the port of Trieste, but the amounts were inadequate, sometimes even completely useless, and often arriving too late (for example, supplies intended for 1917 arrived in 1918[27]). Therefore, Franciscans
Franciscans
and benefactors from Zagreb organized the action of sending Dalmatian children to Slavonia
Slavonia
and Moslavina
Moslavina
so they could have adequate nutrition. The war destroyed Dalmatian agriculture. At the end of the war, epidemics of the typhus, cholera, smallpox and Spanish influenza
Spanish influenza
broke out, causing the death of many people.[27] In 1915, Croats
Croats
made up 34% of Austro-Hungarian Navy
Austro-Hungarian Navy
personal.[28] Apart from the Navy, Dalmatians also fought in land units, namely in the 22nd Imperial Regiment, 23rd Zadar
Zadar
Imperial Home Guard Regiment, 37th Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Imperial Regiment and Unit of Dalmatian Terrestrial Archers. Following the Italian announcement of war, Croats
Croats
were mostly sent to fight on fronts against Italy because the government expected them to be motivated to fight against those who mistreated them in the past. As the war ceased, there were also cases of defection, and in February 1918 the rebellion of sailors in the Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
broke out. In 1917, representatives of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
in Imperial Council headed by Vjekoslav Spinčić, Josip Smodlak and Ivo Prodan, wrote the May Declaration, in which they presented a program of unification of all South Slavs within the Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
that had to be divided into three equal parts - Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. At the end of the war, the National Council for Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was founded in Zadar
Zadar
and the unified National Organization for Dalmatia
Dalmatia
in Split. These bodies soon started to independently governer Dalmatia.[27] In the last days of the Monarchy, General Stjepan Sarkotić
Stjepan Sarkotić
managed to convince Hungarian Prime Minister Sándor Wekerle
Sándor Wekerle
and Emperor Charles I. to support the unification of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
with Croatia, but that didn't happen until the collapse of the Monarchy in 1918. On October 29, 1918, when the Austro-Hungarian Parliament dismantled, the Croatian Parliament
Croatian Parliament
passed a decision by which Croatia
Croatia
terminated state-law relations with Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
and, together with Dalmatia
Dalmatia
and town of Rijeka, joined State of Slovenes, Croats
Croats
and Serbs. Demographic history[edit] 1818–1857[edit] According to M. Lorković, the total population of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
numbered 297,912 in 1818; 326,739 in 1825; 338,599 in 1830; 390,381 in 1840; and 393,715 in 1850.[29][30] Based on the 1857 census, the Kingdom of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
had 415,628 inhabitants.[31] According to an analysis of the 1857 census, 318,500 (76.5%) inhabitants were Croats, 77,500 (18.5%) were Serbs, and ca. 20,000 were Italian-speakers (5%).[32] The percentage of Dalmatian Serbs
Serbs
had been 19.9% in the 1830–50 period.[32] In the cities, the inhabitants were 71% Croat, 22% Italian and 7% Serb.[32] There were 745 Serbs
Serbs
in Kotor; in all other cities there were fewer than 400.[32] The number of Serbs
Serbs
in Dalmatia
Dalmatia
fell; however, in the north it rose.[32] Among the Orthodox, there was one priest for every 400 people, while among the Catholics, there was one priest for every 330 people.[32] 1880[edit] The 1880 Austrian census, recorded the following ethnic groups in the Kingdom:[citation needed]

371,565 Croats 78,714 Serbs 27,305 Italians

1900[edit] The 1900 Austrian census:[33]

Religion

496,966 Catholics 96,279 Eastern Orthodox 539 Others

Language[33]

Serbo-Croatian: 565,276 (95,2%) Italian: 15,279 (2,6%) German: 2,306 (0,4%) Total: 593,784

1910[edit] According to the official 1910 Austrian census, population by religion and mother language was:[34]

Religion

539,057 Catholics 105,332 Orthodox 1,257 Others

Language

Serbo-Croatian: 610,649 Italian: 18,028 German: 3,081 Others: 3,077

Cities[edit] The major cities were (1900):[35]

Zadar, the capital, with 13,016 inhabitants Split (18,547) Šibenik
Šibenik
(10,072) Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
(8,437)

Administrative subdivisions[edit]

Map of Kingdom of Dalmatia

Extent of the Kingdom of Dalmatia, superimposed on the modern-day internal borders of Croatia
Croatia
(the Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
area is in Montenegro.)

From 1822 to 1868 the Kingdom of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was administratively divided into four circles (counties, Italian: circoli or capitanati circolari, Croatian: okruzi or okružna poglavarstva) - Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik and Kotor
Kotor
- these were subdivided into smaller districts (Italian: distretti-preture, Croatian: kotari-preture), each comprised municipalities (Italian: comuni, Croatian: općine). In 1868 the circles were abolished and Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was divided into 12 larger (administrative) districts (Italian: distretti politici or capitanati distrettuali, Croatian: kotari or kotarska poglavarstva) whose capitals were (1880):

Benkovac Dubrovnik Hvar Imotski Knin Korčula Kotor Makarska Metković Sinj Split Šibenik Zadar

Districts, as governmental units with the government-appointed prefect (Italian: capitano distrettuale, Croatian: kotarski poglavar), were subdivided into judicial districts (Italian: distretti giudiziari, Croatian: sudski kotari) and these into municipalities (Italian: comuni, Croatian: općine) as local authorities with the elected municipal council (Italian: consiglio comunale, Croatian: općinsko vijeće) and the mayor (Italian: podestà, Croatian: načelnik) elected by the council. Religion[edit] The Roman Catholic archbishop had his seat in Zadar, while the diocese of Kotor, diocese of Hvar, diocese of Dubrovnik, diocese of Šibenik and diocese of Split were bishoprics. At the head of the Orthodox community stood the bishop of Zadar. The use of Croatian-Slavonic liturgies written in the Glagolitic alphabet, a very ancient privilege of the Roman Catholics
Catholics
in Dalmatia and Croatia, caused much controversy during the first years of the 20th century. There was considerable danger that the Latin liturgies would be altogether superseded by the Glagolitic, especially among the northern islands and in rural communes, where the Slavonic element is all-powerful. In 1904, the Vatican forbade the use of Glagolitic
Glagolitic
at the festival of SS. Cyril and Methodius, as likely to impair the unity of Catholicism. A few years previously the Slavonic archbishop Rajcevic of Zara, in discussing the " Glagolitic
Glagolitic
controversy", had denounced the movement as "an innovation introduced by Panslavism
Panslavism
to make it easy for the Catholic clergy, after any great revolution in the Balkan States, to break with Latin Rome." Governors[edit]

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History of Dalmatia

Antiquity

Illyria Dalmatae Roman Province

Middle Ages

Neolatin Dalmatian City-states Duchy of Croatia Narentania, Zahumlje, Travunija Theme of Dalmatia Kingdom of Croatia
Croatia
(925–1102) Kingdom of Croatia
Croatia
(1102–1526)

Early modern period

Republic of Ragusa Republic of Poljica Hvar
Hvar
Rebellion Republic of Venice

19th century

Illyrian Provinces Kingdom of Dalmatia

20th century

Littoral Banovina Banovina of Croatia Governorate of Dalmatia

War of Independence

Battle of Šibenik Battle of the Dalmatian Channels Siege of Dubrovnik Operation Maslenica Operation Storm

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Head of the Austrian imperial administration in Dalmatia
Dalmatia
was Imperial-Royal Provincial Governor
Governor
(Italian: I. R. Governatore Provinciale, Croatian: c. k. Guverner) appointed by the emperor. From 1852 he was known as Imperial-Royal Lieutenant (Italian: I. R. Luogotenente, Croatian: c. k. Namjesnik).

Franjo Tomašić
Franjo Tomašić
(1815–1831) Wenzeslau Lilienberg Water (1831–1841) Ivan August Turszky (1841–1848) Ludwig von Welden
Ludwig von Welden
(1848) Josip Jelačić
Josip Jelačić
(1848–1859) Lazar Mamula (1859–1865) Josip Filipović
Josip Filipović
(1865–1868) Johann Wagner (1868–1869) Gottfried Auersperg (1869) Julius Fluk von Leidenkron (1869–1870) Gavrilo Rodić (1870–1881) Stjepan Jovanović
Stjepan Jovanović
(1882–1885) Ludovik Comaro (1885–1886) Dragutin Blažeković (1886–1890) Emil David (1890–1902) Erasmus Handel (1902–1905) Nicola Nardelli (1905–1911) Mario Attems (1911–1918)

Military[edit] Military units in the kingdom at the start of the First World War:

Common Army

22nd (Dalmatian) Infantry Regiment "Graf von Lacy" (garrison: Spalato/Split)

Imperial-Royal Landwehr

Imperial-Royal Mounted Dalmatian State Rifle Division (garrison: Sinj) 23rd Imperial-Royal Landwehr Infantry Regiment (garrison: Zara/Zadar) 37th Imperial-Royal Landwehr Infantry Regiment (garrison: Gravosa/Gruž)

Politics[edit] Dalmatian Parliament[edit] The Kingdom of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
held elections to the Parliament of Dalmatia in 1861, 1864, 1867, 1870, 1876, 1883, 1889, 1895, 1901, 1908. Reichsrat[edit] In the 1907 elections, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
elected the following representatives to the Reichsrat:[36]

Croatian Party

Ante Dulibić Vicko Ivčević Frane Ivanišević Ante Tresić Pavičić Ante Vuković Juraj Biankini

Party of Rights

Ivo Prodan Josip Virgil Perić

Serb People's Party

Dušan Baljak Miho Bjeladinović

Independent

Frane Bulić

In the 1911 elections, Dalmatia
Dalmatia
elected the following representatives:[36]

Croatian Party

Vicko Ivčević Pero Čingrija Ante Tresić Pavičić Juraj Biankini

Party of Rights

Ivo Prodan Ante Dulibić Ante Sesardić Josip Virgil Perić

Serb People's Party

Dušan Baljak Gjuro Vukotić

Croatian Popular Progressive Party

Josip Smodlaka

See also[edit]

Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
portal Croatia
Croatia
portal

Dalmatia History of Croatia History of Dalmatia Kingdom of Croatia
Croatia
(Habsburg) Kingdom of Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary
(Habsburg) Kingdom of Croatia–Slavonia Timeline of Croatian history Diet of Dalmatia

Literature[edit]

Bilandžić, Dušan (1999). Hrvatska moderna povijest. Golden marketing. ISBN 953-6168-50-2.  Macan, Trpimir (1992). Povijest hrvatskog naroda. Školska knjiga. ISBN 86-401-0058-6.  Stipetić, Vladimir (2012). Dva stoljeća razvoja hrvatskog gospodarstva (1820.-2005.). HAZU. ISBN 978-953-154-110-7. 

References[edit]

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