The Stance of the Slovene People's Party on the Status of Slovenia after the Attack of the Axis Powers on Yugoslavia

  • Bojan Godeša Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino, Kongresni trg 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Keywords: Slovenia, Second World War, occupation, Slovene People's Party, national question, National Council of Slovenia


The paper deals with the endeavours by the Slovene People's Party (SPP), the leading political party in Slovenia at the time, to resolve the question of the status of Slovenia in the event of an attack on Yugoslavia which was expected to result in its collapse. The SPP relied most on its liaison with the Croat Peasant Party, with the founding of a Slovene-Croat state in view. This was considered the most desirable alternative, even more than an autonomous Slovene state under German auspices, as in the case of Slovakia. In the long run, the SPP strove for the restoration of a federally arranged Yugoslav state.