Serbia in 1914 and 2014 - Similarities of Challenges Cover Image

Srbija 1914. i 2014. - sličnosti izazova
Serbia in 1914 and 2014 - Similarities of Challenges

Author(s): Radmila Nakarada
Subject(s): Political history, Social history
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Summary/Abstract: In this paper our point of departure is the following hypothesis: from the standpoint of the Great power relations toward Serbia, and her peripheral position there are similarities between the period prior to the breaking out of the First World War and the present. Similarities in the perceptions of Great powers is reflected in the acceptance of inequalities between states expressed either in the divisions between the masters and vassals, or enlightened states, with a mission to spread cosmopolitan order, and the objects of emancipatory projects. Balkan/Serbia is reproached that it never behaves in a sufficiently responsible manner having in mind that subordination/accepting an externally defined model of modernization was expected. Serbia then and now is a periphery of Europe. That position has not been transcended in spite of radical changes of the political, ideological and economic order. Peripheral status persists although Serbia circled from capitalism to socialism and back to capitalism. Setting aside the viewpoints that seek an explanation for the persistency of limited sovereignty and the peripheral status of Serbia in inherent Balkan features, we will attempt to point to some lasting structural suppositions that link the period of the First World War and the present.

  • Page Range: 173-180
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: Serbian