Croatia 614-802

Early Croat History

Linguistic evidence suggests that the Croats originate from northwestern Iran and spoke a language relared to Iranian. It is assumed that they lived a nomadic lifestyle and joined the westward movement during the Barbaric Peoples' Migration, were subjugated by the Avars and, living among a majority of Slavic peoples, assimilated into their culture. By the time the Croats appear in historical documents, they are a Slavic nation.
During the Avar expansion into the Balkans peninsula, the Croats moved into what is Croatia today. The major Avar-Slav strike against Roman Dalmatia was struck in 614.

Croatia, History of, from Catholic Encyclopedia 1914 edition, from Discover Croatia, from croatia.net , from dalmatia.net, illustrated
Dalmatia, History of, from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1914 edition
Agram (i.e. Zagreb); Spalato-Macarska (Salona) from Catholic Encyclopedia 1914 edition
Yugoslavia, from Library of Congress, Country Studies
REFERENCE Fred Singleton, A Short History of the Yugoslav Peoples, Cambridge University Press (1985) 1999
Ivo Goldstein, Croatia - a History, (1999) McGill-Queen's UP 2001

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