Ante Starčević (23 May, 1823 – 28 February, 1896) was a Croatian politician and writer whose activities and works laid the foundations for the modern Croatian state. In Starčević’s work there was no discrepancy between his personal life and what he preached in politics. By this and by his moral outlook he is a unique figure in European politics of his time, and perhaps even today. For those beliefs he was ready to suffer. He spent his whole life in poverty, sharing with the poor his earnings, and constantly persecuted by the government and imprisoned several times. His works are considered to have laid the foundations for Croatian nationalism and is often referred to as ‘Father of the Homeland’ by Croats.