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Societies and Spaces in Contact

Between Convergence and Divergence


Edited By Milan Bufon, Tove H. Malloy and Colin Williams

This volume represents an inter-disciplinary discussion of some fundamental categories of convergence and divergence, focusing in particular on issues of both social integration and devolution related to ethnos as the space of identity, and demos as the space of polity. The aims of the book are to assess past developments within crucial parts of Central Europe where both conflict and coexistence potentials seem to best represent the actual “unity in diversity” managing dilemma in the continent; to provide an analysis of current approaches to minority protection, language planning, spatial and social cross-border and inter-cultural policies; and to develop an evaluation of the future trends and opportunities for co-operation and re-integration within a local and broader operational context.

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The Symbolism of Religious, National, and Gender Diversity in the Novel The Battle of Mojkovac by Ćamil Sijarić (Ana Pejović)


Ana Pejović

The notion of Montenegrin1 identity, in its heterogeneous discourse code, sublimes the millennial temporal paradigm within which exist Duklja, Zeta, Montenegro, and four dynasties: Vojislavljević (1042–1186), Balšić (1360–1421), Crnojević (1427–1499) and Petrović (1697–1918) all of whom contributed, each ←259 | 260→in their way, to the creation and preservation of the national consciousness of a nation. Apart from this, the Montenegrin identity founds its base axes in the self-consciousness of the traditional values, among which the first is humanity2 as the ultimate empirical code for the existential habitat of a society. The method of valuing humanity and bravery as its inseparable companion was constructed by Marko Miljanov and elevated to a higher level by Njegoš through philosophical interrogation of ethical and social values. The concept of humanity cherishes the centuries-old moral codex as a civilizational bond that preserves its representational norms to this day. An almost five-century long fight for freedom led by the poverty-ridden and battle-weary Montenegrin people against the Ottoman Empire continued in the First World War against Austro-Hungarian aggression (the Axes powers) when Montenegro decided to stand with the Allies.

One of the most virtuous examples of sacrifice in the First World War was the battle of Mojkovac which took place on the day before Christmas (January 6th) and the Christmas day (January 7th) of 1916. The army of the Kingdom of Montenegro put up an intense fight against the Austro-Hungarian offensive, thus helping the Serbian military...

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