The 1917 Corfu Declaration and its Importance for the Creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918

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Abstract

The aim of this research article is to give answers to the following four scientific research problems about the 1917 Corfu Declaration: 1. the reasons for convocation of the Corfu Conference as a conference which should finally resolve the main political problems between the Royal Serbian Government and the Yugoslav Committee, i.e. between two the most important negotiating representatives of the South Slavs during the process of the Yugoslav unification at the time of the First World War; 2. a nature of the opposite political conceptions and attitudes towards a process of unification and internal organisation of a new Yugoslav state between the negotiating parties as the most important question to be solved before the proclamation of the single South Slavic state;
3. an interpretation of the text of the 1917 Corfu Declaration as a legal act of the agreement between the Yugoslav Committee and the Royal Serbian Government pretending to be a final political settlement upon the political form, internal organization and functioning of the new state; and 4. an importance of the 1917 Corfu Declaration for the further process of unification of the South Slavs. In order to realize our research relevant historiographical literature on the topic. However, the most significant stress in this article is put on the text of the Corfu Declaration itself as the basic historical document with regard to the creation of the common South Slavic state in the fall of 1918.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-76
JournalNational interest = Национални интерес : journal for national and state issues
Volume20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Balkans
  • Yugoslavia
  • International relations
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign policy

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