Contributions to Contemporary History <p><em>Contributions to Contemporary History</em> is one of the central Slovenian scientific historiographic journals, dedicated to publishing articles from the field of contemporary history (the 19th and 20th century).</p> <p>It has been published regularly since 1960 by the <a title="Institute of Contemporary History" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Institute of Contemporary History</a>, and until 1986 it was entitled Contributions to the History of the Workers' Movement.</p> <p>The journal is published three times per year in Slovenian and in the following foreign languages: English, German, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Italian, Slovak and Czech. The articles are all published with abstracts in English and Slovenian as well as summaries in English.</p> <p>The archive of past volumes is available at the <a title="History of Slovenia - SIstory" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>History of Slovenia - SIstory</strong></a> web portal.</p> <p><strong>The printed version of the journal</strong> is available at the Institute of Contemporary History, in humanities literature bookstores and through the Institute website (publications &gt;&gt; <a title="Publications Ordering" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Publications Ordering</a>).</p> <p>Further information and guidelines for the authors are available <a title="Informacije za avtorje" href="/index.php/pnz/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_self">here</a>.</p> <p><a title="Ethical Principles" href="/pnz/ethics" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ethical Principles</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino en-US Contributions to Contemporary History 0353-0329 <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</p> <ul> <li class="show">Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a title="Creative Commons" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creative Commons Attribution License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</li> <li class="show">Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.</li> <li class="show">Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See <a title="The Effect of Open Access" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Effect of Open Access</a>).</li> </ul> Editorial Marko Zajc ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 Central European Border Settlements and Interwar Ireland: a Transnational Study of the North- Eastern Boundary Bureau and the Boundary Commission <p>ABSTRACT<br />In the aftermath of the Great War, the birth of new independent small states in East-Central Europe was closely followed in Irish nationalist circles due to the possibility of Partition in Ireland. Newspaper editorials, journal articles and diplomatic accounts illustrate that post-war Ireland had an open attitude toward the settlement of borders on the Continent as the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was similarly controversial. This paper aims to investigate how contemporary Irish commentators perceived the question of boundary settlements in Central Europe in order to provide an insight into the transformation of political space in both Ireland and Central Europe. After providing a brief background to the Irish boundary question, this paper touches upon the most important points in historiography with regard to border settlements in the post-World War I era.. It also discusses Irish Partition history in detail, concentrating on the North-Eastern Boundary Bureau (NEBB) and the Boundary Commission, and the importance of Central European precedents in their work. Moreover, this paper also proposes to provide an insight into the Irish interest in the minority problem in European borderland regions after 1925 in order to illustrate the outward-looking attitude to Irish nationalists, even in relation to borders and minorities.</p> Lili Zách ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 The Štrigova and Razkrižje Micro-region in the First Half of the 20th Century <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; line-height: 150%;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;">The border between Slovenia and Croatia in the area of Razkrižje-Štrigova is still a subject of debate. Its last change occurred in 1946 and its present appearance was influenced by various elements. This article will analyze the phenomenon of the emergence of this border in the turbulent times of the first half of the<em> </em>20th</span></span></span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1pt;"> century.</span></span></span></p> Stipica Grgic ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 The Border River Phenomenon: the Example of the River Mura <p><em>The Author analyses two long-term aspects of the border river phenomenon with the example of the river Mura: a) the relationship between the river bed, the boundaryline, and the anthropogenic effects on the river; b) discovering the historical structures through the perspective of border disputes. The "common sense" ideas about border rivers imply that the river bed and the boundaryline usually match. However, in the actual landscape and cartographic representations, the differences between these elements can be significant.</em></p> Marko Zajc ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 An Emperor by a Different Name: School Commemoration in Habsburg Austria and the Second Austrian Republic <p class="Default">This paper examines the connections between patriotic school celebrations in late-Habsburg Austria and similar celebrations in the Second Austrian Republic.  Similar to other states, Habsburg Austria utilized public schools as a vehicle for patriotic education.  One of the most obvious examples of this fact were the annual commemorations of the emperor’s birth. During these commemorations, schools across the Habsburg Monarchy would have students recite patriotic poems, sing patriotic songs, and listen to speeches detailing the virtues of their monarch. While these commemorations ended with the Monarchy, this paper illustrates that these events experienced a curious afterlife in postwar Austria.</p><p class="Default">Even though Austria attempted to craft an identity independent of its former imperial past when the Monarchy collapsed, the legacy of imperial commemoration and state-building continued to influence the way Austria conceptualized patriotic celebration. This legacy was especially strong after World War II. Using previously unexamined speeches, programs, and organizational materials from Austrian school celebrations after 1945, along with similar sources from the Habsburg period, this paper will show that postwar Austrian schools used programs identical to those from the Habsburg period to develop the patriotism of students. This examination illustrates the legacy of the imperial administration on its remnants and the power of unconscious bureaucratic memory which can survive generations after border change and state collapse. As a result, it helps to develop our understanding of border memory in Central Europe and enhances our understanding of memory in states after changes to its constitution and lands.</p> Scott O. Moore ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 The Problem of Top-down Empire Building - the Last Kronprinzenwerk Volume on Croatia-Slavonia <p>The author examines the last volume of the <em>Kronprinzenwerk</em> on Croatia-Slavonia in the context of the interaction between empire- and nation-building processes, that is, the ways in which imperial expectations of the <em>Kronprinzenwerk</em> differed from the final product done by the local experts. Special emphasis is put on the volume’s editor Izidor Kršnjavi and his editorial policy as well as on the image of Croatia-Slavonia and internal Croatian public debates which occurred during the editorial process of the <em>Kronprinzenwerk </em>and its political implications. </p> Igor Vranic ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 Being a Modern Christian and Worker in the Czechoslovak National State (1918–1938) <p>The declaration of the new Czechoslovak national state in October 1918 brought revolutionary changes not only to the political, social, economic and cultural scene, but also to the religious life of the country. The new Czechoslovak national church created thirteen months later combined national orientation, the reformed clerical movement, theological modernism, the Hussite and reformation tradition and protest against the Catholic Church, definitively discredited in World War I. The newly established Czechoslovak Church received support from various authorities and was seen as the proper option for the good Czechoslovak citizen, primarily the worker. At the same time, it produced a violent conversion movement (1921, 1930) and many local conflicts (1920s). The paper will focus on the workers’ religious and national identification and changes in today’s Ostrava region – an industrial region (the centre of Czechoslovak heavy industry) situated on the ethnic borderline and in the melting pot of many nationalities (Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Germans and Jews). It will analyse the interactions between class and the religious and national identification of workers. It will try to clarify the process and the motivation to convert between different churches. Special attention will be given to conversions among the working class population in the 1920s and 1930s. This analysis will be based on conversion protocols, census documents from 1921 and 1930 and ecclesiastical files of the Roman Catholic and Czechoslovak church.</p> Martin Jemelka ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 Family Networks and the “Generational Key” in the Renewed Approaches of Social Questioning of the Slovak Elite at the Beginning of the 20th Century. <p>Until the 1890s, most public affairs surrounding the Slovak elites were <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:47">managed </ins>from the small town of Turčianský Sväty Martin in Turiec County<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:47">,</ins> and based on a long-lasting program<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:47">me</ins> <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:48">drawn up </ins>in 1861 that mainly focused<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:48">, in a classical approach from the late 1840s</ins><ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:49">,</ins> on language and national individuality of the Slovaks <em>vis-à-vis</em> both Hungarians and Czechs.</p><p><ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:49">A shift occurred f</ins>rom the early 1900s onwards, deeply modif<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:49">ying</ins> the main axis of public and social activities of the educated Slovak milieu<em>.</em> This <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:50">shift</ins> coincide<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:50">d</ins> with an emerging new generation influenced by foreign experiences <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:50">observed </ins>personally during their studies in the Empire – and in the Czech Lands especially – or abroad. It <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-10-01T19:49">was </ins>also based on long-standing family ties and local/regional solidarities. Th<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-10-01T19:32">is</ins> paper <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:50">studies </ins>how and to what extent th<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:50">e</ins>se factors deeply renewed the approach of social <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-10-01T17:38">reflection </ins>in the mostly Slovak Counties of the Kingdom of Hungary during the first decade of the <ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:51">20<sup>th</sup> </ins>century.<ins cite="mailto:SETTERS%20William" datetime="2017-09-26T14:42"></ins></p> Etienne Boisserie ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 Rolf Wörsdörfer: Vom »Westfälischen Slowenen« zum »Gastarbeiter«. Slowenische Deutschland-Migrationen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag, 2017, 491 strani Peter Vodopivec ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 Mateja Jeraj in Jelka Melik, Kazenski proces proti Črtomirju Nagodetu in soobtoženim – epilog. Ljubljana: Arhiv Republike Slovenije 2017, 254 strani Peter Vodopivec ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3 Borders and Administrative Legacy, Ljubljana, November 24. – 26. 2016 Neja Blaj Hribar ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-11-23 2017-11-23 57 3