Serb People's Party (Dalmatia)

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Serb People's Party (Serbian: Српска народна странка у Приморју/Srpska narodna stranka u Primorju, lit. "Serb People's Party of the Littoral") was political party in the Kingdom of Dalmatia during the time of Austria-Hungary.

Following the Dalmatian parliamentary election, 1876, the People's Party was in power. In 1878, led by Sava Bjelanović, the Serb members of the party left and founded the Serb Party. The Serb Party retained the leading position in the provinces of upper Dalmatia (Dalmatian hinterland): Kninska Krajina, Bukovica, Ravni Kotari, as well as the Bay of Kotor (which is today in Montenegro).

A significant member of the Serb Party was Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša. In his political efforts, he fought against the ethnic Italian domination in Dalmatian politics and culture, for the equality of religions and languages, for the emancipation of Serb populace in Dalmatia, the economic benefit of the province but also for the autonomy of Dalmatia and against the unification with Croatia-Slavonia. Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša had been the President of the Dalmatian parliament between 1870 and 1878 when he was overthrown by the clerical Croat fraction in the People's Party led by Mihovil Pavlinović.

The party issued the Srpski List (1880-1904).

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  • Vasilije Krestić, Margot Milosavljević, History of the Serbs in Croatia and Slavonia 1848-1914
  • "Srpska inteligencija Kraljevine Dalmacije o evropskim temama 1880-1905", Tokovi istorije, Beograd 1-2/1996, str. 33-53.
  • "Dubrovačke teme u zadarskom Srpskom listu/glasu", Ljetopis srpskog kulturnog društva "Prosvjeta", Zagreb, 2/1997, str. 144-149.
  • "Srbi u Dalmaciji i Srbija. Zadarski Srpski list/glas o Srbiji 1880-1904", Nova srpska politička misao, Beograd, 1-2/1997, str. 163-172.
  • "Srpska narodna stranka u Kraljevini Dalmaciji 1880-1904", Zbornik o Srbima u Hrvatskoj, 4, Beograd 1999, str. 101-115.