»DEPICTIONS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH BY CROATIAN AND FOREIGN AUTHORS BETWEEN THE TWO WORLD WARS«
; Croatian Institute of History, Zagreb, Croatia
The author discusses the works by Croatian and foreign theologians and historians (Ivo Pilar, Alois Hudal, Janko Šimrak, Krunoslav Draganović, Fran Grivec and Dragutin Nežić) about the Serbian Orthodox Church which appeared in the inter-war period. These authors posed a series of questions which are still open for debate today. Pilar describes the Serbian Orthodox Church as an institution which has an important role in the process of Serbian national integration. Hudal analyzes the reasons for the decline of Catholicism in the Balkans, discussing the negative consequences which befell the Roman Catholic Church in the Yugoslav Monarchy, which supported the expansion of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The works of Šimrak, Nezić, and Draganović deal with the complex process of attempting a union between the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Christians. The author mentions that these writers and their works are not well known to the Croatian public, and that only during the 1980s was more intensive research undertaken by Croatian academics on the topic of the political and cultural activity of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The author concludes the article by suggesting that these works by Croatian and foreign historians and theologians can serve as the basis for further research on this topic.
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