„Srbové všichni a všude“: Karadžićova jazyková definice srbství jako východisko srbského nacionalismu

Title in English “Serbs All and Everywhere“: Karadžić’s Linguistic Definition of Serbianess As a Ground of Serbian Nationalism


Year of publication 2015
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Vuk Stefanović Karadžić was convinced that all speakers of Shtokavian dialect regardless of their religious affiliation, historical experience or cultural tradition are Serbs, which means that they should adopt Serbian national name. At the time of its formulation, such thesis presented a legitimate – albeit somewhat unilateral – attempt to define nationality in accordance with the then popular conception of nation as the language community. However, in Serbian nationalistic discourse we can still come across cases of contesting national or linguistic distinctiveness of neighboring South Slavic nations and appropriation of their cultural heritage on the basis of Karadžić's linguistic definition of Serbianess from 1830s. The author of the paper describes this conception on the basis of analyzing Karadžić's treaty Srbi svi i svuda (1849, Serbs All and Everywhere), names its shortcomings and refers to manners in which it later stimulated imagination of Serbian nationalists as well as passions of its opponents.
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