Croatia is known for its medieval towns, Dubrovnik and Rovinj for example, as well as for its difficult recent past, including a virulent nationalism. After Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of war before the occupying Serb armies were removed from Croatian land and another four years until the last Serb-held land was returned to Croatian rule under United Nations supervision in 1998. In February 2003, Croatia submitted an application to join the European Union. This new volume in the Nations in Transition series looks closely at the current situation in Croatia, discusses the political and economic developments that have taken place since 1991 and 1998, and explores the major cities and daily life of its people. Putting current events in broad historical context, Croatia begins with a sweeping narrative of Croatia's history from Roman times to the present. It emphasizes the country's strong Catholic tradition and its rich cultural heritage, helping readers understand Croatia's past and present. The volume's wide coverage and presentation of reliable, concise information make it the ideal starting point for research for any student or general reader.Schuman, Michael A. is the author of 'Croatia' with ISBN 9780816050536 and ISBN 0816050538.