People's Party (Kingdom of Croatia)
Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski
|Political position||centre to centre-right|
It was founded in 1841 based on Croatian Illyrian movement. Because the movement did not distinguish Croats from other South Slavs and instead called them all Illyrians, the party was named the Illyrian Party or the People's Party (Ilirska stranka, Narodna stranka) when it was formed in late 1841, and it participated in the councils of the Varaždin County and the Bjelovar-Križevci County. It was one of the two parties in the 1843 session of the Croatian Parliament.
Later in the 19th century, the party developed a more Magyar-oriented stance, which eventually caused a faction to form the Independent People's Party (Croatian: Neodvisna narodna stranka) in 1880, led by Matija Mrazović and 22 other parliamentary representatives. The party journal was Obzor, giving rise to their members nickname obzoraši. The People's Party remained in power but enabled a policy of Magyarization, which resulted in major discontent with ban Khuen Hedervary in 1903.
The People's Party was not reformed in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. An unrelated people's party, the Pučka stranka, was created in 1919, but it was a right-wing party, with different aims and origins to the original People's Party. It in turn ceased to exist on January 21, 1929.
- Horvat 1906, p. 65.
- Horvat 1906, p. 77.
- Horvat 1906, p. 204.
- Horvat 1906, p. 289.
- "Tko smo mi - Povijest HNS-a" [Who we are - History of HNS]. Official website. Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
- Horvat, Rudolf (1906). Najnovije doba hrvatske povjesti (in Croatian). Matica hrvatska. (Wikisource)
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