Goran Miljan, “Croatia and the Rise of Fascism: The Youth Movement and the Ustasha During WWII”

Izdavač I.B.Tauris najavio je izdavanje knjige Gorana Miljana, koji je doktorirao na temi organizacije Ustaške mladeži i o tome ove godine objavio rad u zborniku “Fascism without Borders”.



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Croatia and the Rise of Fascism: The Youth Movement and the Ustasha During WWII

Goran Miljan




Not Yet Published





During World War II, Croatia became a fascist state under the control of the Croatian Fascist Party – allied with the Nazi Party in Germany. Here, Goran Miljan examines and analyzes for the first time the ideology, practices, and international connections of the Ustasha Youth organization. The Ustasha Youth was an all-embracing fascist youth organization, established in July 1941 by the `Independent State of Croatia’ with the goal of reeducating young people in the model of an ideal `new’ Croat. This youth organization attempted to set in motion an all-embracing, totalitarian national revolution which in reality consisted of specific interconnected, mutually dependent practices: prosecution, oppression, mass murder, and the Holocaust – all of which were officially legalized within a month of the regime’s accession to power. To this end education, sport, manual work and camping took place in specially established rural Ustasha Youth Schools. In order to justify their radical policies of youth reeducation, the Ustasha Youth, besides emphasizing national character and the importance of race, also engaged in transnational activities and exchanges, especially with the Hlinkova mladez [Hlinka Youth] of the Slovak Republic. Both youth organizations were closely modelled after the youth organizations in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. This is a little studied part of the history of World War II and of Fascism, and will be essential reading for scholars of Central Europe and the Holocaust.


Author Info


Goran Miljan received his PhD in History from the Central European University in Budapest where he specialized in the history of the Second World War in Croatia. He currently works at the Institute for European Studies in Zagreb. He has been awarded several scholarships and grants for his research, and been published in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of Modern Croatian History.


Bibliographic Info


Imprint: I.B.Tauris

Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.

Series: Library of World War Two Studies



ISBN: 9781788312097

Publication Date: 18 Dec 2017

Number of Pages: 272

Height: 216

Width: 138

Illustrations: 2 maps





Berghahn Books


Fascism without Borders

Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Regimes in Europe from 1918 to 1945

Edited by Arnd Bauerkämper and Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe


384 pages, bibliog., index


ISBN  978-1-78533-468-9 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (April 2017)




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