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Lecture 12

SLAVC 90 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Stefan Nemanja, Serbs Of Montenegro, Serbian Culture

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Roman Koropeckyj

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Slavic 90
Lecture 12: Serbian Culture
- 1989 breach-- Milosevic speech on 500th anniversary of Battle of Kosovo Polje; promised
that there would be resurgence of Serbia against enemies
- Yugoslav socio-political system dissolving (socialism), as in rest of Europe
- post-communist nationalist leader stepped into power vacuum; people who had been
suppressed by Tito because of nationalist leanings began to come out of woodwork
- Milosevic reconstituted Yugoslavia where Serbia would be leading republic (greater Serbia)
- in vein of Milosevic, all republics elected nationalist leaders
- Croat leader wanted “national state for the Croatian nation” (narod); begins purging Serbs
from media; return of certain symbols to prominence (checkerboard symbol-- coat of arms,
flag of wartime fascist Croatia; to Serbs, immediately provocative)
- Milosevic reconstituted semi official militias, based on Chetniks (WWII)
- violence after Krajina Serbs declared cession from Croatia
- conflict began in eastern Croatia
- NATO and EU intervention, forced to sign peace accords
- ethnic cleansing in various different areas, consequently, current day is more homogeneous
- gradual capture of number of people responsible for war and ethnic cleansing
- close relationship between Montenegrin Serbs and Serbs living in Serbia
- Kosovo and Albania not Slavic; predominantly Muslim
- “only unity can save the Serbs”-- “SSSS” written on Serbian cross, originally an old
Byzantine coat of arms
- two ethnic myths arose/emerged during Yugoslav Wars: Greater Serbia and Battle of
Kosovo Polje
- Greater Serbia:
- twelfth century-- crusader Stefan Nemanja crowned by Pope (papal approval
legitimized Serbian kingdom) in twelfth century
- Serbs first converted by western Christians then baptized as eastern
Christians at later point (in part because Byzantium did not deem Serbs
worthy of recognition)
- St. Sava = son of Stefan Nemanja, first archbishop of autocephalous Serbian
- autocephalous = church headed by own head rather than outside leader
- intercession = prayer to saints to intercede on behalf of person praying; pray
to saints as middleman between God and humanity
- Stefan, Sava were intercessor saints from Nemanja family (canonized
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