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Политичка мисао Владимира Велмар-Јанковића
Vladimir Velmar-Janković’s Political Thought

Author(s): Aleksandar Stojanović
Subject(s): Epistemology, Political Philosophy, History of ideas, Political history, Contemporary Philosophy
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Velmar-Janković; ideology; political right-wing; Serbia; Yugoslavia; nationalism; culture; civilization; racism; xenophobia; occupation; collaboration;
Summary/Abstract: Vladimir Velmar-Janković was one of the most striking persons of Serbian and Yugoslav political right-wing, an ideologist in whose political thought many stands of radical right-wing ideology could be seen, but with many original elements. Although politically active during the whole interwar period, Velmar-Janković was left short of political and social functions of greater value, which, combined with a row of personal conflicts, created strong frustration that will influence his later entering in collaboration. His ideology in 1918–1944 was based on critic of cultural politic of Kingdom of Yugoslavia, critic of foreign cultural and civilization influences and mythologized vision of Serbian history, while his text were full of xenophobic and racial elements. Velmar-Janković’s role in collaboration government during the WWII was mostly established in most recent researches of Serbian historiography; however, the root of his extraordinary influence on creation of cultural politics of Nedić’s government still hasn’t been determined. Many indirect evidences points to him being an associate of Nazi security organizations, but it is still not sure whether he was a denunciator and Gestapo’s associate or not. It is absolutely certain that Velmar-Janković was a person of the greatest influence in culture, education and science during the occupation, and that he misused this power for personal promotion and fights with his old enemies. His life in emigration, after spectacular escape from the country in conditions that are still unknown, is still an enigma for Serbian historiography.

  • Page Range: 19-32
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Serbian