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Mirkovci

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Country  Croatia
County  Vukovar-Srijem
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Population  3,283 (2011)
Region  Syrmia (Podunavlje)
City  Vinkovci
Vehicle registration  VK
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Mirkovci (Hungarian: Szegfalu, Serbian Cyrillic: Мирковци) is a village and the suburb of town Vinkovci, in eastern Croatia. It is in the Syrmia region, located immediately southeast of Vinkovci. The Vinkovci-Gunja railway separates it from the rest of the city. The population is 3,283 (census 2011).

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Map of Mirkovci, Croatia

History

In the vicinity, the Roman town of Cibalae (Vinkovci) was the birthplace of Valentinian I in 321.

During the Second World War, 107 ethnic Serbs were transferred and killed in the Jasenovac concentration camp by the Croatian fascist Ustashe.

The majority of the inhabitants are ethnic Serbs. A former village, Milovanci (Hungarian: Monostormilvány) is today part of Mirkovci.

Croatian War of Independence

During the Croatian War of Independence, Mirkovci was under Serb control as a part of self-proclaimed SAO Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Syrmia (1991–1992), Republic of Serbian Krajina (1992-1995) and United Nations protectorate of Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Syrmia (1995-1998). In his book Warrior's Honour: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience, Canadian author Michael Ignatieff writes;

  • Theorists like Samuel Huntington, would lead me to believe that there is a fault line running through the back gardens of Mirkovci [a village in eastern Croatia], with the Croats in the bunker representing the civilization of the Catholic Roman West and the Serbs nearby representing Byzantium, Orthodoxy, and the Cyrillic East. ... here in Mirkovci, I don't see civilizational fault lines, geological templates that have split apart. These metaphors take for granted what needs to be explained: how neighbors once ignorant of very idea that they belong to opposed civilizations begin to think-and hate-in these terms, how they vilify and demonize people they once called friends...
  • References

    Mirkovci Wikipedia


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