Nationalism and Terror
Ante Pavelić and Ustasha Terrorism from Fascism to the Cold War
This book covers the full story of the Ustasha, a fascist movement in Croatia, from its historic roots to its downfall. The authors address key questions: In what international context did Ustasha terrorism grow and develop? How did this movement rise to power, and then exterminate hundreds of thousands of innocents? Who was Ante Pavelić, its leader? Was he a shrewd politician, able to exploit for his independent project Mussolini's imperial ambitions, Hitler's pan-German aims, and the anti-Bolshevism of the Holy See and the Western bloc? Or was he, consciously or not, a pawn in other hands, in a complex international scenario where Croatia was only arena among many? And after the movement's collapse, how were several of the most prominent Ustasha leaders able to evade capture by Tito's victorious army?
The book places the appearance of the Ustasha movement not only in the context of the interwar Kingdom of Yugoslavia but also in the wider perspective of the emergence of European fascism.
About the Authors
Pino Adriano has a degree in History of Philosophy (1968, University of Florence). In 25 years of collaboration with the RAI (Radio Televisione Italiana), he directed and wrote over 100 documentary films about Italian history, culture and art.
Giorgio Cingolani is lecturer at Department of Economics and Social Sciences, at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. He is author of books, essays and articles on economic, social and political history and he participated in various international research projects.
"Adriano and Cingolani set themselves an ambitious task: to summarize the entire history of the Ustasha movement in a single work. Their study sheds much-needed light on the Ustasha movement, particularly from the point of observation provided by Italian diplomatic sources. The book is an easy read and could be useful as an introductory text for international students and the general public, while in terms of scholarship it will be attractive to historians in pursuit of additional empirical material on the interaction between the Ustasha movement and Italian Fascism."—Southeastern Europe
"Adriano and Cingolani have written an interesting and compelling book. They have provided one of the first studies in English of the Ustasha movement from its origins to its painful demise, which should appeal to generalists interested in Croatia, the former Yugoslavia, and regional fascism."—Mark Biondich, Journal of Modern History
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