The last Byzantines: perceptions of identity, culture and heritage in Serbia

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Pantelic, Bratislav (2015) The last Byzantines: perceptions of identity, culture and heritage in Serbia. (Accepted/In Press)

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Abstract

Focusing on material culture, this article considers a range of issues concerning the cultural policies, ideologies and identities that have underlain Serbian development since the Middle Ages, and tests some widely held yet previously uncontested views. In particular it questions the Serbs’ perceived affiliation with the Byzantine Empire and challenges the view that this affiliation was so pervasive that it influenced Serbian development and national formation in the modern age. It is argued that Byzantium had little if any role in the Serbs’ cultural development -- neither in historical memories nor in surviving traditions. Serbia’s Byzantine culture is largely a myth developed in the 1930s by the Serbian clergy as a corollary of the Russian-inspired Svetosavlje ideology. This myth was meant to dislocate Serbia’s cultural identity from its secular European sources and reposition it closer to Orthodox Russia.
Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA190-1555.5 History (Architecture)
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics > DK1-949.5 History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula > DR1202-2285 Yugoslavia
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Social And Political Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Visual Arts & Communication Design
Depositing User: Bratislav Pantelic
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 16:14
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 16:06
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/26776

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