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1912: For Kosovo

Dead in the Balkan Wars. Copyright by mlahanas.de
Dead in the Balkan Wars

Especially in the nineteenth century Kosovo became a Serbian rallying call, or rather it gave focus, along with the pantheon of Serbian kings and heroes, to emerging Serbian nationalism. The latter part of the century was also the era of Serbian national romanticism. This is the speech given by Čedomil Mijatović, Serbia's foreign minister, to the Royal Academy in 1889, on the 500th anniversary of the historic battle:

An inexhaustible source of national pride was discovered on Kosovo. More important than language and stronger than the Church, this pride unites all Serbs in a single nation…The glory of the Kosovo heroes shone like a radiant star in that dark night of almost five hundred years…There was never a war for freedom

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