history of serbian cultureCourtesy of PORTHILL PUBLISHERS, England 

By Jasna Bjeladinovic-Jergic


Among the creative aspects of the culture of the Serbian nation, traditional costumes occupy one of the most important places because of their role in everyday life, their significance for ethnic identity, and their value artistically and aesthetically.

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By Dejan Kosanovic
The first picture-show in Serbia, and in the Balkans as well, was presented on June 6, 1896, in Belgrade, in the cafe "At the Golden Cross" on Terazije. This happened less than six months after the first public demonstration of "moving pictures" in Paris (December 28, 1895).

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By Miroslav Savicevic

In September, 1938, at the Belgrade Fair, The "Phillips" Company from the Netherlands gave the first professional television demonstration in Serbia, with local actors and singers taking part in the programme.

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By Petar Marjanovic

Theatre among Serbs has a tradition which is more than eight centuries old, although theatre life did not unfold without interruptions. Serbian theatre performances in the Middle Ages had a basically secular and entertaining function (improvisations without written texts were staged in public places) and remained beyond the bounds and influence of the Orthodox church.

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By Mihailo Bjelica

The history of Serbian periodicals started with the magazine "Slaveno- serbski magazin" ("Slavo-Serbian Magazine"), which was printed in Venice in 1768.

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By Roksanda Pejovic

Records about the existence of musicians, singers, players of stringed instruments and horns among the South Slavs were left by, among others, Byzantine historians and Arab travellers.

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By Roksanda Pejovic

While music played an important role in the Serbian medieval state (from the twelfth to the fifteenth century), official music died out during the period of Turkish enslavement. The Serbs in Vojvodina (within the borders of the Habsburg empire) once again became involved in European musical trends in the eighteenth century, but they did not forget their traditional roots.

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By Radmila Marinkovic
Before they accepted Christianity the Serbs had a unified culture with a long tradition whose strength was based on its equality and similarity with the culture of numerous other Slavic tribes.

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By Pavle Ivic
A closer examination of the history of the Serbian literary language indicates that all the pivotal changes in the orientation of Serbian culture are reflected not only in its vocabulary and syntax, but also in its morphology and phonology. Those changes denoted dimensions such as clerical or secular orientation, eastern or western orientation (including further subcategories, such as Byzantine versus Russian, German versus French versus Anglo-American), or aristocratic (elitist) versus populist.

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By Jovan Deretic
After the Great Migration in 1690, the centre of the literary and cultural life of the Serbian people moved from the South to the North - from the Turkish territories to the regions governed by Habsburg monarchy.

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By Novica Petkovic
In the transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, Serbian literature took on all the basic characteristics of a modern national literature.

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By Vojislav Korac
Buildings were constructed with excellent craftsmanship and high artistic value in Serbia in the second half of the twelfth century, and they overshadowed all that had been constructed before that.

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By Jasna Bjeladinovic-Jergic
Traditional architecture among the Serbs is based on the experience of centuries. In a relatively small area several types of house are found which have different means of construction.

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By Ivica Mladjenovic
It is known that architectural images are first defined through urban planning. Prince Mihajlo Street in Belgrade with its neighbouring blocks has been a subject of architects' interest for almost three centuries.

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By Zoran Gluscevic
The invention of photography (1839) came upon Serbian society when the middle class was just beginning to develop. After the Second Uprising against the Turks in 1815, Serbia was given an autonomy which was more formal than real.

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By Pavle Ivic and Mitar Pesikan
The century when printing appeared corresponds to the beginning of the darkest period of Serbian history -- the fall of Serbian lands under Turkish enslavement which would last for centuries.

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