Serbs: Our Closest Brothers or Our Most Treacherous Enemies? Cover Image

Serbowie: nasi najbliżsi pobratymcy czy podstępni wrogowie?
Serbs: Our Closest Brothers or Our Most Treacherous Enemies?

The Image of Serbs in Bulgarian Press of the late 1990s

Author(s): Petko Hristov
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Ethnohistory
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Ludoznawcze
Keywords: Serbs; Bulgarian publications; Serbophobia; Serbophilia; cliché

Summary/Abstract: In the article are presented the ambiguous attitudes of Bulgarian intellectuals, writers, historians and scholars in the modern age – after the formation of the contemporary Bulgarian state in the second half of the 19th century. Fluctuations between Serbophobia and Serbophilia, oftenfollowing the twists of Slavophilic politics on the Balkans, vary between complete disregard and unreserved sympathy. Different periods of warm political relations and of cruel “fratricidal” wars took turns in history and imposed a number of clichés in Bulgarian publications, often used for propaganda purposes. The decade of the 1990s, marked by the bloody break up of former Yugoslavia, revived a number of these clichés. The author presents some of them in the article, based on publications in mainstream media.

  • Issue Year: 56/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 73-82
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish