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The Croatian society went through a lot of changes to get to where they are today The Croatians have worked very hard and gone through a lot of suppression I will start with a brief history and then I will explain some of the customary traditions and expressions of the Croatian society Croatia became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs Croats and Slovenes against the will of its people after the crumbling of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire For the first time Croatias self-governing practice was interrupted with all activity of the Croatian parliament suspended and the Croatian state divided within the Kingdom In 1928 Croatian representatives were shot in the Belgrade Assembly among the killed were Croatian Peasant Party Stjepan Radic The following year Serbian King Alexander Karadjordjevic proclaimed a royalist dictatorship In 1939 the Banovina of Croatia was formed in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia In 1941 after Germany occupied and partitioned the Kingdom of Yugoslavia the Independent State of Croatia was announced Although the idea of Croatian statehood was supported the majority of Croatians opposed the Axis occupation of Croatia and founded the anti-fascist movement under the leadership of Josip Broz Tito and Andrija Hebrang The communist domination of Yugoslavia stifled the development of Croatian statehood and democracy after the war In 1971 the Croatian democratic movement known as the Croatian Spring was ended The first free democratic elections were held in Croatia in April and May 1990 The Croatian Democratic Union HDZ led by its founder and President Dr Franjo Tudjman won the election on a platform that united all Croats around the idea of a sovereign democratic state and national reconciliation The first democratically elected Parliament was constituted on May 30 the day that has come to mark Croatian statehood In the referendum held in May 1991 ninety-four percent of Croatian voters declared their support for a sovereign and independent Croatia The Croatian Parliament declared Croatian independence on
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