Fall Term 1995
Drago Roksandic
Department of History

Course Description
This course aims at a comparative interpretation of premodern ideologies among South Slavs. Different cultural and political traditions from the 15th until the early 19th centuries reflect in multiple. varying ways the dominant spiritual and intellectual trends in the changing European realities of the time. Frontiers among the states in the region. identified either with the Christianity or with the Islam, continuously in the remaking all over that period. do not exclude a large variety of communications among South Slavs, related to a large scope of premodern ideologies within every particular South Slavic tradition. These ideologies often correspond to each other beyond the frontiers Of established traditions and in different ways influence articulations of modern national ideologies among South Slavs.

Reading Material:
The assigned reading for the course consists of the following monographs/volumes and a photocopy packet of readings.
The books which may be purchased are:
Ricardo Picchio & Harvey Goldblatt (eds.), Aspects of the Slavic Language Question, (New Haven: Yale Consilium on Russian and East European-Studies, 1984) (distribution: Slavica, Columbus, Ohio) .
Leften Stavrianos, The Balkans since 1453 (New York, 1958)
Peter Sugar, Southeastern Europe under Ottoman Rule, 1354--804 (Seattle and London, 1977)

The weekly topics for the course will be as follows:
1. European cultural regions in South-East Europe in the Early Modern history and problems of their comparative research;

2. Constantine the Philosopher (14th-15th centuries): Bulgaro-Serbian interculturalism in the disappearing Byzantine Commonwealth;

3. Ivan Vitez od Sredne/Johhanes Vitez de Zredna/ (1405-1472) and Ivan Cesmicki /Janus Pannonius/ (1434-1472): Croato-Hungarian Humanism and the "Turkish peril";

4. Primoz Trubar (1508-1586): Slovenian Protestantism, new link between German and Slavic worlds?;

5. Juraj Krizanic (1618-1683): Croats and South Slavs between Rome and Moscow;

6. Pavao Ritter Vitezovic (1652-1713). Origins of the modern Croatian national ideology: Pan-Croatism or/and Pan-Slavism;

7. Dorde Brankovic (1645-1711): Illusions of Serbian Illyrianism;

S. Jovan Rajic (1726-1801) and Dositej Obradovic (1739-1811): Serbian Enlightenment and Early Romanticism;

9. Pajsije Hilandarski's "Slavo-Bulgarian History" (1762) and the origins of the modern Bulgarian national ideology;

10. Janko Draskovic' (1770-18O6):- Croatian-Hungarian constitutionalism. Illyrianism and the Croatian "Age of reforms";

11. South Slavic national ideologies at the beginning of the 19th century: a comparison.

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