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The Treaty of Paris placed Istria as part of the French Empire until the newly established Austrian Empire took control of Istria from 1814 until the end of World War I in 1918. With the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, Istria was given to Italy although the population included large numbers of Croatian and Slovenes. This lasted until the end of  World War II at which time it was incorporated into newly created Yugoslavia in 1945. After the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, the division of Istria was between Croatia and Slovenia. There is a long tradition of tolerance among the people who live in Istria, regardless of their nationality and although many Istrians today are ethnic Croats, a strong regional identity has existed over the years.

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