Nationalisation of the Sacred

Orthodox Historiography, Memory, and Politics in Montenegro

by Emil Bjorn Hilton Saggau (Author)
©2023 Monographs 0 Pages
Series: South-East European History, Volume 5

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The Eastern Orthodox Churches in post-communist Eastern Europe are embroiled in long-running conflicts over ownership of territory, saints, sites, nations, and history. These often violent conflicts reflect political and national rivalries, most explicitly in former Yugoslavia and Ukraine. They are often understood as simplified ethnic-national tensions with religious overtones, but, as this book demonstrations, such an assessment overlooks the deeper theological and historiographical framework.
Nationalisation of the Sacred offers a detailed analysis of the theological backdrop behind these conflicts. It analyses how various strands of Eastern Orthodoxy have adapted to the contemporary political context, a process where history, memory, and politics are transformed to fit the needs of rival nations and churches. The book provides an in-depth analysis of this process and the transformations in church-related conflicts in post-communist Montenegro, where the Serbian Orthodox Church has been pitted against a rival Montenegrin church and Montenegrin government.
Additionally the book provides an up-to-date and unique analysis of Eastern Orthodox historiography, modern Serbian theology, religion in Montenegro more broadly, and the roots of the violent clash between Orthodox believers and the Montenegrin government in 2019-2021.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Eastern Orthodoxy Religion Nationalism Theology Montenegro Serbia Serbian Orthodox Church Yugoslavia Church History Balkan Historiography Nationalisation of the Sacred Orthodox historiography, memory, and politics in Montenegro Emil Hilton Saggau
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 20xx. xxx pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Emil Bjorn Hilton Saggau (Author)

Emil Hilton Saggau holds a Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen (2020) and is currently research fellow at the section for Church History at Lund University, Sweden. He received the Miklós Tomka Award in 2018 and the Danish Elite Research travel grant in 2019 for his research into nationalism and religion in South Eastern Europe.


Title: Nationalisation of the Sacred