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DESIGNING IDENTITIES. Reshaping the Balkans in the First Two Centuries: the Case of Serbia

Published in: Journal of Design History, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2007. The Beginnings An unsuspecting observer of the many political rallies during the crises of the 1990s in former Yugoslavia would have been perplexed at the mixture of iconographies: communist banners featuring the hammer and sickle, old Serbian standards with real or invented royalist insignia, … Continue reading

MEMORIES OF A TIME FORGOTTTEN: the Perennial Nation and Other Myths

Full version published in: Nations and Nationalism, 17/2 (2011), 443-464 Introduction In writing about the Balkans, it is common practice to accept contemporary ethnic/national designators as historical fact. Almost without exception, medieval Catholic and Orthodox Slavs on territories that are within today‚Äôs national borders of Croatia and Serbia are designated as Croats and Serbs. Such … Continue reading

Svetosavlje Embodied: the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade

The Church of St. Sava in Belgrade sums up the national discourse in Serbia over an entire century: since its inception in the late nineteenth century this monument to the most venerated Serbian saint has been intermittently under construction; seven decades after the foundations were laid it is still not nearing completion.1 The church is … Continue reading