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The serbian orthodox church and the serbian national identity: Some relations and controversies

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The culture of the Serbs in Vojvodina, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia has numerous different and sometimes opposite models. From all the facts that determine nationality, particularly for the Balkans, religion is one of the most crucial. It means affiliation to certain cultural circles: the Western (Central-European or Mediterranean-Latin), the Eastern (Byzantine and Slavic-Orthodox), Islamic. There are two different institutions in Serbian society that lived on through the centuries: the Serbian Orthodox Church and the monarchy. The Serbian Church was formed in a turbulent period, at the beginning of the 13th century. During 1990's, the Serbian Orthodox Church found itself in a cycle of the wars in the Balkans. The connection between the Serbian Orthodox Church and national identity is historical, so the present state of the Church resembles the identity of the nation.

Keywords: monarchy; Serbian National Identity; Serbian Orthodox Church; society



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