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Ivan Mazuranic

Ivan Mazuranic (1814-1890) Croatian poet, linguist and politician-probably the most important figure in Croatia's cultural life in the mid-19th century, was born into well to do yeomen family in the northern coastal Croatia. A man of many abilities (he spoke 9 languages, was well versed in astronomy and mathematics; also, his realistic assessment of strengths and weaknesses of Croatia's postion between hammer of Austrian bureaucracy and anvil of Hungarian expansionist nationalism served his country invaluably in times of political turmoil), Mažuranić is best remembered for the "triple accomplishment":