The Other Serbia

Vjekoslav Perica

in Balkan Idols

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148565
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834556 | DOI:

Series: Religion and Global Politics

The Other Serbia

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The role of the Serbian Orthodox Church during the years of the communist federation of Yugoslavia is discussed in the context of Tito's suppression of Serbian secular nationalism, which in the end led to an upsurge of clerical nationalism that would during the last two decades of Yugoslavia's life successfully appropriate and virtually monopolize ethnic nationalist causes. Among the events covered in the chapter are the rise of Serbian ethnic nationalism, the rise of Albanian ethnic nationalism in Kosovo, the seeking of independence from the Serbian Orthodox Church by the Macedonian and Montenegrin branches of that Church, and the schism in the North American branch of the Serbian Church. Surveys of religiosity in the Catholic, Muslim, and Orthodox communities in the 1960s are also reported and relations between the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches discussed.

Keywords: Albanians; Catholicism; communism; ethnic nationalism; history; Islam; Kosovo; Macedonia; Montenegro; Muslims; nationalism; North America; political history; Russian Orthodox Church; Serbian Orthodox Church; Yugoslavia

Chapter.  5667 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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