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Ante Paveli Charisma and National Mission in Wartime Croatia Ivo Goldstein

The wartime regime of Poglavnik (leader) Ante Paveli[caute] is well-known internationally. However, whilst mentioned in many books and texts dedicated to the history of the Balkans, the biography of its leader has never been presented in detail. Books published outside of Croatia and the former Yugoslavia dealing with this period of Croatian history have tended to concentrate on other matters, such as genocide.1 Even inside Croatia, while there are many books which cover this era, there is not one that examines Paveli[caute] ’s life.2 Paveli[caute] thus remains one of the most enigmatic of the fascist dictators from the 1919-45 epoch, with little written about his ideas, style and relationship to the Croatian people.