It’s been slower lately — I’ve been reading Slovene materials, more or less getting a grip on that language, taking notes on some good articles, but not as intently as a couple of weeks ago.
Still, an article by Natasa Stefanec (of Triplex Confinium project) led me to articles by Ivan Jurkovic, who appears to be a young scholar in Croatia.* His work is on the early modern period, with a focus on the fate of the “starosedioci” who moved out as the Ottomans moved in, or through.
These articles (including Stefanec’s) throw some light on that topic, which is important for me in general (and also quite interesting to me, regardless my research).
But, it also brings to mind once again the possibility of treating Zumberak and its population as part of a process of refugee resettlement, old-time style.
Think, for instance, of a comparison between the Greco-Turkish situation in the early 1920s and the Zumberak/Bela Krajina situation in the early 1500s. Territories abandoned by previous populations, new ones move in by design or not; with govt. invitation and privileges…; the difficulties of integration and resettlement. The comparisons are nice, provocative.
*Oops, not young, not really. On the history faculty at Pula, born in 1961.