Croatia: History

  1. 1918

    Following the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Croatia joins the newly formed Yugoslavia, consisting of modern day Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia.

  2. 1929

    The Kingdom is renamed Yugoslavia.

  3. 1941

    Nazi Germany invades the Kingdom and institutes a fascist puppet government.

  4. 1945

    Croatia becomes one of the six republics of the Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia.

  5. 1991

    Croatia declares its independence leading to a war with the Serbian supported Yugoslav army.

  6. 1995

    The war with Yugoslavia ends in a Croatian victory, however, Croatia is left with an $37 billion in damaged infrastructure, lost output, and refugee costs causing the nations GDP to fall by over 21%.

  7. 1996

    Croatia restores diplomatic relations with Yugoslavia.

  8. 2009

    Croatia officially joins NATO.

  9. 2013

    Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union.


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