Illyrian Provinces


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Illyrian Provinces

 

(Provinces Illyriennes), a state federation (1809–14) in vassalage to France; composed of Slovene and Croatian lands ceded to France according to the terms of the Treaties of Pressburg (1805) and Schonbrunn (1809).

The Illyrian Provinces included Western Koruska (Ca-rinthia), Krajina, Civilian Croatia, Venetian Istria, most of Dalmatia, Dubrovnik, and Military Croatia (the Military Frontier). The city of Ljubljana was the administrative center. The name of the Illyrian Provinces was derived from the Illyrians—tribes that had settled the territory in ancient times. In 1813, after Napoleon’s defeat in his war of 1812 against Russia, Austria occupied the provinces. By a resolution of the Congress of Vienna (1814–15) they were annexed to Austria.

References in classic literature ?
You shall see the world at your feet; you shall be Emperor of the French, King of Italy, master of Holland, ruler of Spain, Portugal, and the Illyrian Provinces, protector of Germany, saviour of Poland, first eagle of the Legion of Honor and all the rest of it.
Ljubljana has a monument to Napoleon, who citizens commemorate for declaring Slovene an official language in the Illyrian Provinces.
He confiscated the ports of Trieste and Fiume and made them part of the Illyrian Provinces.