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The Gorizia Border: Barrier, Bridge or Filter?

The obvious predicament at Sloveni's western border was the forceful removal or redefinition of the borderline itself many times between 1918 and 1991, displacing people from homes, as well as economic and social activity. But the greater harm for the population resulted from the change in the nature of the border. Before 1918, the borders bound Slovenia in a multinational community, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After 1918, and the end of World War I, western Slovenia fell under the emerging and dominating nationalism of Mussolini's Italy, where even use of its own language was outlawed. After World War II, in 1947, the area, terribly debilitated by Nazi and fascist excesses at war's end, was put under control of communist Yugoslavia, and joined the rest of its ethno-linguistic community, Slovenia. By then, the border had become Tito's iron curtain, a barrier to economic and social interactions. By 1991, just as Slovenia finally became an independent state, it was at the dawn of a new age of multinationalism. Slovenia joined the so-called Schengen region in 2007, with the virtual erasure of its western border.