Activities of Milutin Garašanin on Organizing Serbian Propaganda in Old Serbia and Macedonia in 1885 Cover Image

Делатност Mилутина Гарашанина на организовању Cрпске пропаганде у старој Cрбији и Mакедонији 1885. Године корени и план
Activities of Milutin Garašanin on Organizing Serbian Propaganda in Old Serbia and Macedonia in 1885

Author(s): Momir Samardžić
Subject(s): Political history, International relations/trade, 19th Century, The Ottoman Empire
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd

Summary/Abstract: Under the influence of the development of international relations in the mid-1880s and the increasingly deteriorating relations between Serbia on the one hand and Russia and Bulgaria on the other, and given the ever more successful work of Bulgarian propagandists in the Ottoman Empire, Serbian King Milan and the Prime Minister Milutin Garašanin realized that the Serbian government needed to intensify its activities in order to safeguard the state and national interests of the Kingdom of Serbia in Old Serbia and Macedonia. Already in the second half of 1884, the Government started working to strengthen the influence of Serbia in the transfrontier areas of the Ottoman Empire, and all of 1885, until September and the onset of a new crisis caused by the unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia, was marked by intensified efforts of the Serbian Government to lay new foundations for Serbian propaganda activities in Old Serbia and Macedonia. To that end, Garašanin drew up a plan and informed the king about it in March 1885. In accordance with the current foreign policy position of Serbia, Bulgaria and its propaganda activity in Macedonia were identified as the major enemy of the Serbian state, with loyal conduct being envisaged vis-à-vis the Ottoman Empire, because the support of the Ottoman rulers was a necessary precondition for the successful effects of Serbian propaganda in the area of the Empire. Garašanin’s plan defined the basic guidelines for the foreign policy activity of the Serbian state in the years that were to follow, and its implementation started immediately.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 51
  • Page Range: 105-123
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian