Dusan T. Batakovic, Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, Balkan Studies Department, Department Member. Studies Serbian history, Kosovo, and Yugoslavia. Dusan T. Batakovic. Title: “Serbia’s Role in the Final Breakthrough of the Salonica Front in September ”. Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies. Name: Dusan T. Batakovic. Born: , Belgrade. Address: office: Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 35, Kneza Mihaila.

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Dusan T. Batakovic

Following First World War, the role of batqkovic protector of Albania and of global Albanian interests was taken over by a new regional power – Italy. Tito to preserve Yugoslavia’s integrity in order to become its legal successor. Being a Croat, brought up in the Habsburg milieu marked by the fear of “the Greater Serbian danger” and on Lenin’s teaching that the nationalism of big nations is more dangerous than the nationalism of smaller ones, Tito was consistent in stifling any manifestion of “the Greater Serbian hegemony” which, according to the communists, was personified in the regimes of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

This simplistic and biased perception of the Serbs as endemic nationalists, communists and anti-Europeans, allegedly keen on establishing complete hegemony over other nations and minorities in Yugoslavia, has dusa since not only in mass media but batakoviic in much of Western scholarship, strongly influenced by a black-and-white perspective on the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Born in in Belgrade.

Minorities in the Balkans, D. The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija. The project of a Balkan federation which, apart from Yugoslavia and Albania, was also to include Bulgaria, and where Kosovo would, in accordance with Tito’s idea, belong to Albania, had a twofold meaning.

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History Memory Legacy more. As in most other post-Ottoman states, few historians in Serbia are able to read Ottoman texts: Kosovo, the northern part of Kosovo-Metohija, was covered by the fortresses and royal courts of the Serbian rulers and their nobility.

The decentralization based on the plans of Tito’s closest associates, Edvard Kardelj – a Slovene, author of almost all the Yugoslav constitutions, and Vladimir Bakaric – a Croat, aimed at strengthening the competencies of the federal units, led to the renewal of nationalisms. The Orthodox Serbs joined the Habsburg troops as a separate Christian militia.


Growing social discontent was transferred into national frustration. Simultaneously, they came into open conflict with the reform-oriented sultans who saw the salvation of the Ottoman Empire in its Europeanization. Karamanlis and the Twentieth Century, C. This settlement took place in uneven waves: Albanian nationalism was of an ethnic nature, but clearly burdened by conservative Islamic traditions. Izazovi, stradanja, ishodi more.

Serbian nationalism was secularized, derived from a mixture of German Volk cultural matrix the common language and the popular tradition and jacobine experiences, whose aim was to overcome the religious differences, with clear desires for liberal solutions coming from the population’s social homogeneity. A Historical Perspective, Belgrade: The biggest Orthodox church in Metohia, built in Djakovica in thes was demolished inand in its place a monument for Kosovo-Metohija partisans was erected.

The case of Kosovo became famous worldwide after the Kosovo Albanian minority bafakovic Serbia, within btaakovic wider federal, communist Yugoslavia, organized separatist movements, fully backed by communist Albania, openly demanding, sincesecession from Serbia, and claiming the status of a constituent nation. XC, Odeljenje drustvenih nauka, knj. Four Generations of “Parisians” more. Such approach, fostered by some scholars from the former Yugoslavia, chime perfectly with the old stereotypes inherited from Austrian and German historiography on Kriegsschuldfrage which have found their way into American historiography in the post period.

Their actions only strengthened Milosevic positions as the Serb national leader. New Revisionism and Old Stereotypes? The seat of the Serbian Archbishopric was transfered to Metohija where the Patriarchate was established during the rule of the Emperor Stefan Dusan His specialty was modern and contemporary Serbian and Balkan history.

In that capacity he became a member, in Novemberof the Serbian negotiating team at the UN -sponsored talks on the future status of the province of Kosovo in Vienna.

Kosovo-Metohija: The Serbo-Albanian Conflict

Today, the ethnic Albanians account for 18 percent of the overall population of Serbia and 16 percent of the whole of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

During the period of centralism when Albania was, untilpart of the Soviet bloc hostile towards Yugoslavia, Tito relied on the Serbs in Kosovo who represented the guarantee of Yugoslavia’s integrity. The Serbs in Post Kosovo.

On the other hand, after the experiences with the self-determination of the nations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which turned into a bloody inter-ethnic war with hundreds of thousands of killed and displaced persons, it is unlikely that the international community would tolerate yet another such attempt.


It is a richly documented, vibrant testimony to the tireless efforts made by Serbia and the Serbian Orthodox Church since 13 th to early 20 th century to create and maintain its highly sophisticated spiritual culture, preserved endangered monuments, and preserve Serbian heritage in Kosovo and Metohija, with almost 1, churches, monasteries, hermitages and fortresses.

From the early 16th century the gradual process of Islamicization of the Albanians, which was the most intense in the regions in vicinity of Kosovo-Metohija, among the powerful tribes in northern and central Albania was also underway.

Ainsi la Serbie prit place dans l’ensemble des nations d’Europe. The social aspect played an important role: La Francophilie en Serbie avant et durant la Grande Guerre: A Balkan-size French Revolution more. With English subtitles, part Four out of Six episodes more. The attempts by Serbian communists to resolve the question of Serbia’s competencies over the provinces in agreement with the other republican leaderships from upto the early ‘s the so-called Blue bookin order to protect the Serbs in Kosovo more efficiently, were openly rejected.

National homogenization was imposed, a process that in Kosovo-Metohija took the direction of creating a national state of the Muslim Albanians. With decisive support from Moscow, Yugoslavia was bataklvic as a communist federation along the Soviet model and on Leninist principles of federalism.

In that sense, the disintegration of Yugoslavia is the revenge of Tito’s “zombis”, the revenge of the negative selection of cadres and of a wrongly conducted national policy.

The questions regarding the status of the minorities in the Balkans over the past two centuries, seen against the backdrop of various government policies and ideological patterns, or simply as a vital test of interethnic relations, have remained a focus of both political and scholarly attention. Kosovo owed the change of its status within the federation not to the freely expressed will of the people of Serbia, Serbs and ethnic Albanians alike, but exclusively to the ideological concepts of a narrow circle of national-communist hardliners around Tito.