First millenium BC
The area of today's Croatia was colonized by the Illyrians, Celts and Greeks.
The 1st and 2nd century BC
The Romans vanguish the Illyrians, Celts and Greeks, and take over the rule on the area of today's Croatia.
The 9th century
Croatia is ruled by princes Trpimir and Branimir, and during their reign Croatia gains independence.
The 10th century
During the reign of King Tomislav, Croatia-Slavonia (Posavina) and coastal Croatia are united.
From the 12th to 16th century
The creation of Austria-Hungary state union.
1409 – 1797
The rule of Venice over the purchased Dalmatia.
The 15th century
The time of Turkish conquest.
From the 16th to 19th century
The Habsburg monarchy rule the major part of Croatia.
The 19th century
The Croatian national revival, the Illyrian movement against Germanization, Hungarization and Italianization of Croatia.
The year 1848
Croatian ban Josip Jelačić heads the revolution to defend Croatian interests. After that year, the Austria-Hungary monarchy is formed, and in 1868 there follows the return of autonomy to Croatia.
The year 1918
The Croatian parliament breaks connections to Austria-Hungary, and Croatia becomes a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The Italian authority takes over Istria, Rijeka and Zadar.
World War II
During World War II, Croatia is divided. After the war, Croatia enters into the system of federal units of Yugoslavia.
1990 – 1995
Croatia becomes independent, and one year later the war starts with JNA army attack on one third of Croatian territory. Croatia restores control over the entire territory of Croatia in 1995.
After the reconstruction of devastated and destroyed areas, Croatia has economically recovered and awaits the forthcoming admission into the European Union.