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Ivan Jeličić, M.A.

Ivan Jeličić, M.A.

Visiting Fellow 2015



Ivan Jeličić obtained his B.A. and M.A. in History at the University of Trieste. He is currently a second year student at the University of Trieste and University of Udine PhD program History of Societies, Institutions and Thought. From Medieval to Contemporary History. From October 2014 to January 2015 he was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Political History (Politikatörténeti Intézet) in Budapest.

Research Project

Socialism and the National Question in Fiume, 1901-1921

The aim of my PhD dissertation is to reconstruct the socialist movement in the city of Fiume, now Rijeka, during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the interregnum period (1918-1924).

Due to the specific administrative, historic and linguistic position of the city, the development of socialism in the corpus separatum was object of a limited number of studies of the Italian and Yugoslav historiographies. Fiume was a Hungarian territory, inhabited by an Italian speaking majority, with limited autonomy inside the Kingdom, surrounded by a Croatian speaking population, in economic and demographic growth thanks to its role of State's only port.

By using the available archival sources, this project examines the political and cultural organization of the local socialist party and also provides data on the leading figures associated with the socialist movement. Furthermore the study pays particular attention to the social structure of the Autonomist movement, the leading force in the local politics, and the national ideology the autonomists created. The research aims to contribute towards the understanding of the specific form of loyalty the population adopted, interrelate the nationalization process with the socialist ideology and provide notions on a missing spot of both Adria and Transleithania socialism. Finally, the research attempts to present a wider and complex picture of the local society, particularly of the working-class, in the Dualist era.


  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School and the Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS) in Regensburg, March – May 2015