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Vjekoslav Perica

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195148568.001.0001

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The Twilight of Balkan Idols

The Twilight of Balkan Idols

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Balkan Idols

Vjekoslav Perica

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The beginning of the chapter briefly discusses the degradation of the Balkan successor states to Yugoslavia, and the despise with which they were held by the West (except for Slovenia) – Serbia and Croatia came into conflict with the West, while Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia became Western protectorates. The two main parts of the chapter discuss the role of the Catholic Church in the return of Croatia to the West, and the role of the Serbian Orthodox Church in relation to the West and the failure of the Serbian revolution under Milošević. The last part of the chapter discusses the legacy of Yugoslavia, and current attitudes to Balkan nationalism, which has undergone heavy blows from demography (a diminishing population of children and young people) and migration to the West – which have replaced Marxism as the new key menace to the Churches.

Keywords:   Balkan states, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Church, Croatia, demography, Kosovo, Macedonia, migration, Milošević, nationalism, population decrease, Serbia, Yugoslavia

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