Lovro Monti (
Knin 21 April 1835 - 9 April 1898) was a Dalmatian
politician of Italian descent. He was a Dalmatian Italian, whose
grandfather fought for the
Republic of Venice
Republic of Venice against Napoleon.
2 Achievements and legacy
3 See also
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In 1859 Monti graduated from law school in
Padua (Italy), and lately
worked as an apprentice in Split for a while. Along with Miho Klaić,
Natko Nodilo (another Dalmatian Italian), Mihovil Pavlinović, lawyers
Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša
Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša and Konstantin Vojnović, Monti was one of the
founders of the People's Party (″Narodna stranka") in Dalmatia, and
the Illyrian movement.
Since 1862 he worked in
Knin as a lawyer, and in 1866 he became the
president of the municipality. He has been elected as a deputy in the
Dalmatian assembly five times in a row. On the first direct election
he became a deputy in a royal council (and was reelected in 1879). He
was also one of the leaders and founders of the Italo-Serbian
coalition in Dalmatia.
In 1874 Monti defended the rights of the
Italians of Dalmatia
declaring in the Dalmatian assembly that half of the 98,000 population
of the Dalmatian cities spoke Italian and needed Italian schools.
In 1882, due to the dissatisfaction of the new policy of "Narodna
Stranka" against the
Serbs in Dalmatia, he resigned from
the public life.
Lovro Monti died in
Knin in 1898.
Achievements and legacy
During his mandate he developed
Knin and the surrounding area,
especially in agriculture.
In his will he left to the
Knin municipality his farm, later called
"Montova glavica" with the condition that an agricultural school would
be founded there.
During SFRY, the real estate was divided and some leaders of the Knin
municipality got assigned for themselves the construction yards. The
school has never been named after him. Monti belonged to the rich
"class of gentlemen" and, according to the communist criteria of that
time, would have been considered an "heresy" to name a school after
However, there has been made a monument in front of the school on his
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Claiming Ownership in Postwar Croatia: The Dynamics of Property
Relations and Ethnic Conflict in the
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