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Илија Гарашанин и Француска
Ilija Garasanin and France

Author(s): Uroš Tatić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Ilija Garasanin; France; Serbia; Napoleon III; prince Alexander Karadjordjevic; prince Mihailo Obrenovic; Alexandre Walewski; Edouard Thouvenel; Edouard Drouyn de Lhuys; Jovan Marinovic

Summary/Abstract: Ilija Garasanin was the first serbian politician who acquainted French with Serbian foreign politics problems and establish connection with them. Garasanin traveled to the Paris for the first time in May 1852 and met leading French internal and foreign affairs representatives. Being aware that Serbia can not do much without support of one of the great world powers on one hand and wishing to free Serbia from the alternating influences of Russia, Austria and Turkey on the other, Garasanin had been seeking from french support. French and Serbian interests in the Balkans were not in the collision for that moment, and in the period up to 1860. converged completely, when the France had been working on suppressing Russian and Austrian influence in the Balkans. Garasanin’s trip to Paris in 1857, as the previous visit in 1855, was connected to attended takeover on the Serbian trone. In one hand, since the return of Obrenovic dynasty on the Serbian trone, Garasanin had been in good relationship with the prince Mihailo. On the other hand confidence that French have in Garasanin, and advice that Russian governement gave to Marinovic during his stay in St. Petersbourg influenced prince’s Mihailo decision to return Garasanin to the active stay duty. Prince Mihailo has accepted Garasanin idea of making Balkan union that had been elaborated within Načertanije document from 1844. According to this idea, Serbia was given role to the unite deliberating efforts of Balkan people and to be their stronghold. After deliberation from Turks, armed force of Balkan people should prevent other great world force to replace Turkey and conquer the Balkans. During the second period of Mihailo administration this concept has been established as foreign doctrine of Serbian principality, in which all Serbian political parties contributed.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 62
  • Page Range: 245-275
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Serbian