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Illyria Or What You Will: Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli’s And Pavao Ritter Vitezović’s “Mapping” Of The Borderlands Recaptured From The Ottomans

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Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli, who originated from Bologna, served Leopold I with genuine dedication, both as a soldier and a versatile scholar. Pavao Ritter Vitezović, on the other hand, as the most important forerunner of the 19th-century national revival movement, would have built the modern Croatian state on a national community. This chapter proposes first to analyze the Bolognese polyhistor's concept of the fatherland and his relationship to his fatherland(s), and then to attempt to contextualize this relationship by considering his diplomatic and scholarly cooperation with Vitezović. In the chapter the two types of patriotic discourse were linked by their efforts to quell, or at least overwrite an earlier Illyrian "patriotism". Marsigli, is more realistic, but it still defines a country of considerable size: the borders of Croatia following a successful anti-Ottoman Habsburg expansion would embrace the Balkans interpreted in a narrow sense.

Keywords: Balkans; Bolognese polyhistor's concept; Croatian Illyria; Illyrian "patriotism"; Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli; Ottomans; Pavao Ritter Vitezović



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