- Serbian nationalism
Serbian nationalism is the
Ethnic nationalismof the Serbpeople. It has deep roots among the South-Slavic, Orthodox, Shtokavian-speaking peoples of the Balkans, who are known as Serbs. It appeared in the Middle Agesduring the long process of fall of Byzantine Empire, most notably at the Battle of Kosovo Poljeof 1389, which ceded most of the old Serbian Kingdomto the Ottoman Empire.
The renaissance of Serbian nationalism after three centuries of Ottoman control of the Balkans came at the time of the romantic-nationalist
Revolutions of 1848in Western Europeand the 19th-century expansion and rise of a great Slavic Orthodox power, the Russian Empire, which has designed itself as a protector (and later liberator) of Orthodox Christian peoples (among Serbs, Greeks, Montenegrins, Romanians, Bulgarians, Slavic Macedonians) on Ottoman lands.
At the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, many Serbian nationalist movements, such as
Narodna Odbrana, Black Handand Young Bosnia, were based more anti- imperialism(specially against Austro-Hungarian Empire) and secular Pan-Slavismthan any religious identity; they included both Orthodox and Muslims, such as Muhamed Mehmedbašić, in their membership. [ [http://www.firstworldwar.com/features/balkan_causes.htm Feature Articles: The Balkan Causes of World War One] , from "firstworldwar.com", 11 August 2001] [ [http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/bio/m/mehbasic.html Mohammed Mehmedbasic bio] at Harold B. Lee Library website] On the other side, the monarchist paramilitarymovement Bela Ruka(created in 1912) had a more traditionalist approach, and by the 1920s its members became a prominent force in the First Yugoslaviaafter World War I.
A more radical Serbian nationalism was put in practice for the first time during the early
1920s, under the Yugoslav premiership of Nikola Pašić. Using tatics of police intimidation and vote rigging[ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,846181,00.html Balkan Politics] , " TIME Magazine", March 31, 1923] , he repressed the oppositions (mainly those loyal to his Croatian rival, Stjepan Radić) to his government in parliament [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,719894,00.html Elections] , " TIME Magazine", February 23, 1925] , centralizing power in the hands of the Serbian politicians. [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,720153,00.html The Opposition] , " TIME Magazine", April 06, 1925]
At the rise of
Nazismand fascismin Europe and the outbreak of World War II, Yugoslavia faced its first dissolution, and for the first time the rise to power of anti-Serbian Yugoslav separatistforces in secessionistterritories — the most successful being the fascist Independent State of Croatia, which persecuted Serbs, Jewsand Roma people, most notably the massacres of Jasenovac) and forced conversionof Serbs to Catholicism( Bosnian Muslimswere tolerated by the Catholic leadership for political reasons of that time).Fact|date=April 2008
Serbian nationalism has been the greatest motivation of the Serb Orthodox citizens of Montenegro to fight the Turks. Many poems, books and songs reflect the feelings of the Serbs under Turkish rule. The term "Srpstvo" (Serbdom) was used denoting ones connection to the Serbian kin.
At the end of World War II, relations between Serbs, Croats and other peoples of Yugoslavia were deeply embittered by what happened during the years of 1941-1945 (like the
Jasenovac concentration campand the battles of Chetniksand Yugoslav Partisansguerrillas for power). To avoid more dividing conflicts, the Communist Slovene-Croat Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Titoimposed a federalized, socialistand secularcomposition on the Second Yugoslavia, based mainly on an official policy and the promotion of a Yugoslav cultural identityand a common Serbo-Croatianlanguage. Regional nationalist and religious movements were harshly suppressed.Fact|date=April 2008
When Tito died in 1980, the power sharing of Yugoslavia was resolved by a rotating presidency consisted of the leaders of each Socialist Republic and elected by the eight Yugolsav political entities (
Central Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Sloveniaand Vojvodina) in a manner somehow similar to the presidency of Switzerland.
The second Yugoslavia had been dominated by the Communist movement. During the popular rise of the
Yugoslav Communist Partyduring the interwar period, and throughout its suppression and public discredit at the hands of the Kingdom's government, the party had been rapidly reaching the cunclusion that in order to maintain a united South Slaviccountry, internal nationalism would need to be suppressed: the autonomy awarded to Vojvodinaand Kosovo; the absence of the Cyrillic script, and other measures reduced the power of Serbian nationalism.Fact|date=April 2008 As the Eastern blocstarted to crumble in the second half of 1980s, Serbian nationalism among Yugoslav Serb politicians began to resurface. This time the movement had an overtly religiousand militaristic approach, with widely-publicized slogans like “Serbia for the Serbs” and “ Only Unity Saves the Serbs”, culminating with the Slobodan Miloševićspeech in Kosovo in 1989.
The rotating presidency was dissolved in favor of a Serbian-based one; the autonomies of Kosovo and Vojvodina were abolished, and the
Serbian cross, which previously didn’t appear even in the Coat of Arms of Socialist Serbia, began to be widely used.
Serbian Orthodox Church, once neglected, resurged with unprecedented force due to a great Serb religious awakening — expressed in constructions like Saint Sava, an immense Orthodox church built in Belgradeduring the 1990s-2000s.
As a consequence of the radicalization of the various populations of Yugoslavia, nationalism reached high levels. Among Serb nationalists, this culminated on the idea that a revised "
Greater Serbia" (salvaging all territories where Serbs are relatively populous) would be the new aim for Belgrade once each republic declares independence. Such factors as these ignited the violence that ravaged through the former territory of Yugosavia from 1990 onward.
While Serbian nationalism has somewhat levelled off in recent years, it still exists in the Republic of Serbia. In
2007, Blaško Temunović, leader of the minority Croatian-Bunjevac-Šokac Party, was beaten by Serbian nationalists. [ [http://www.b92.net/info/vesti/index.php?yyyy=2007&mm=06&dd=20&nav_category=11&nav_id=252085 Leader of Croatian party beaten] at B92] In February of 2008, Croatian Serb nationalists vandalized a school in the iconic city of Vukovar, accompanied with chants of "this is Serbia". [ [http://vijesti.hrt.hr/content/view/41132/10/ Vukovar: Vandals arrested] ]
Rise of nationalism under the Ottoman Empire
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Breakup of Yugoslavia
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