- Rakovica Revolt
The Rakovica Revolt ( _hr. Rakovička buna) is a name used for the revolt against
Austria-Hungarynamed for Rakovica, Croatiathat took place in 1871.
It was launched by
Eugen Kvaternik. The revolt actually began in the village Broćancion November 81871, but was soon carried over to Rakovica. Kvaternik had planned to launch such a rebellion against what was then the Austrian Empiresince 1859. However, he failed to secure allies in either Italyor Hungaryto participate in the cause.
Plans for the uprising began in the spring of 1871. Kvaternik began to distance himself from his and
Ante Starčević's Party of Rights to disassociate his plans with the party. However, if the revolt was successful, a Party of Rights government would be formed.
The revolt ultimately failed. Kvaternik declared his Croatian government in Rakovica and soon took control of the neghbouring villages. However, the Austrian army was soon sent to crush Kraternik's forces (which numbered a few hundred men). Among those who participated with him were Vjekoslav Bach, a Party of Rights writer; Petar Vrdoljak, one of the leaders of the revolt; and Ante Rakijaš, a close associate to Kvaternik.
It is interesting to note that local
Serbsalso took part in the rebellion. A statue of Kvaternik in Rakovica was unveiled in 1933, only to be destroyed during the Second World War. A restored statue was again plundered, this time by Serbs during Croatia's Homeland War. Once again, it was restored.
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