List of irredentist claims or disputes

List Of Irredentist Claims Or Disputes

List of irredentist claims or disputes

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Not all territorial disputes are irredentist, although they are often couched in irredentist rhetoric to justify and legitimize such claims both internationally and within the country.

Prominent Irredentist Disputes (by Geographical Area)

Prominent irredentist disputes during the past century have included:

Europe (Historical)

  • Italian claims to the whole of Dalmatia after the First World War. More recently, Italian far-right movements have laid claim to Istria. The whole establishment of Italy originally, however, itself involved much irredentism, as it unified areas belonging to various states one-by-one with the growing proto-Italian state.
  • Gabriele D'Annunzio's occupation of Fiume (now Rijeka) from 1919–1921 — proclaimed as the Italian Regency of Carnaro, the original irredentist dispute (when the term was first popularized).
  • The establishment of Germany, like Italy, involved a large amount of unification of areas belonging to numerous small states.
  • Greece's claims on areas of the ex-Ottoman Empire. After World War I Greece claimed what is now the Aegean coastline of Turkey, because of the predominance there of a Greek population since antiquity and former rule by the Byzantine Empire. Other Greek irredentist claims under the "Greater Greece" policy called Megali Idea included south Albania (Northern Epirus) and Cyprus. Today, border changes are not a topic of political discussion in Greece, and are not supported by any major......
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