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Serbs in the Požega County: Memory, Remembrance and National Identity

Dragutin Babić ; Institut za migracije i narodnosti, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Filip Škiljan orcid id ; Institut za migracije i narodnosti, Zagreb

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str. 157-177

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The authors look into the Serbs' national identity, their memories of traumatic past events and forms of remembering, especially those related to World War II and the war of the 1990s, based on the findings of qualitative semi-structured interviews conducted in what used to be the Požega Municipality in November 2016. The article is composed of two parts: memories of World War II and memories of coexistence in socialism and the armed conflict of the 1990s. The memories and remembrances of Serbs from the Požega county concerning World War II, the armed conflicts and the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, are all closely related to the spaces they inhabited at the time. Due to the severe trauma in their collective imagery suffered as a consequence of such experiences and also due to the marginal role they have played in the post-war era – older population, sparsely populated area, stigmatized national community, role played in the war, minority status – the reintegration of Serbs into the local communities in the Požega county and the preservation of their national identity in the area have been rather challenging. At the same time, remembering what coexistence was like in a multi-ethnic environment in socialism could contribute to the reintegration of Serbs.

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Serbs, Požega county, memory, remembrance, identity, coexistence

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