Serbia's national movement of the 1980s and 1990s, Nick Miller suggests, was not the product of an ancient, immutable, and aggressive Serbian national identity; nor was it an artificial creation of powerful political actors looking to capitalize on its mobilizing power. Miller argues that cultural processes are too often ignored in favor of political ones; that Serbian intellectuals did work within a historical context, but that they were not slaves to the past. His subjects are Dobrica Cosic (a novelist), Mica Popovic (a painter) and Borislav Mihajlovic Mihiz (a literary critic). These three influential Serbian intellectuals concluded by the late 1960s that communism had failed the Serbian people; together, they helped forge a new Serbian identity that fused older cultural imagery with modern conditions.
Nick Miller is professor of history at Boise State University, Idaho.
Preface; Chapter 1: Simina 9a in a New Yugoslavia; Chapter 2: Nonconformist Initiations; Chapter 3: osic: Engagement and Disillusionment, 1956-1966; Chapter 4: Drama and Politics: Mihiz in the Sixties; Chapter 5: The Suicide and Rebirth of the Painting: Mica Popovic, 1959-1974; Chapter 6: Fragmented Serbia; Chapter 7: Cosic and Popovic Return To Serbia; Chapter 8: From Principle to Catharsis; Chapter 9: The Children of Cain; Chapter 10: The Limits of Revelation; Chapter 11: The Legend of Simina 9a in Serbia's Modern History; Bibliography; Index