‘from the French of Victor Bernard’, Piccadilly
Posted on August 23, 2013 by Grey Carter
Everyone interested in real history, (not the most available one and usually forged on Wikipedia), and not in the messed up and written by politically correct mythomaniacal scribomans, can still find her in old ancient books.
Before staged massacres, false chemical attacks and NWO globalism and global greed, history was considered as something almost sacred and historians were the most prominent and respected people of their time.
The book titled ‘Heroic Serbia’ by Victor Berard explains several issues which were commonly known in 1916, but are most misunderstood today. About our language, and whether there are/ were/ have ever been anything like Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin languages; relations between Serbia , Krajina, Bosnia, Turkey, Dalmatia, and Montenegro,
I retyped one smaller part of the book, and at the end of the quotation there is a link so all the interested could continue reading.
For five or six centuries Serbia had never known complete independence. During the close of the Middle Ages, before the arrival of the Turks in Europe, she had been a great and prosperous state stretching from the Sava to the Adriatic.
Peopled entirely by Southern Slavs, she was Christian and highly civilised. Thanks to her Adriatic ports, where the fleets of Venice touched, she could preserve contact with the West and especially with the Latin nations. She had intimate relations with the Italian cities and with the Kings of France and Spain.
Western influence introduced to her our ideas, fashions and arts, and Serbia still has churches erected by the ancient master-builders and decorated by the fresco painters of the West.
But in the middle of the fourteenth century the Turks of Asia Minor invaded the European provinces of the Byzantine Empire. They advanced by the valley of the Vardar into the heart of the Serbian lands, to the plain of Kosovo, “the field of the blackbirds.” At the battle of Kosovo (1389) Serbian heroism was crushed by superior numbers; the Turks reduced the whole of Serbia, and not long afterwards Hungary, upper and lower, and the whole plain of the middle Danube to within easy distance of Vienna.
For four centuries then (1400-1804) Serbia was massacred and pillaged.
A quarter of her population was reduced to serfdom or perished by the sword, another quarter was forcibly converted to Islam, the religion of the Turks, and became Moslem, Bosniak people which still spoke the language of its ancestors, the same Slav language as the other Serbs, but which was attached by a community of religion to the service of the conquering Turks.
A third quarter emigrated to Russia, to Italy and even to Provence, but above all to the “Military Frontiers” of the Habsburg Monarchy. It was the Southern Slav race which during four centuries furnished the House of Austria with those famous regiments which proved its best defenders against invasion from without and rebellion from within. In what had once been Serbia there only remained two groups of mountaineers, unchangeably attached to the soil and to the faith of their ancestors: the men of the Sumadija (the forests of modern Serbia), and the men of the Black Mountain (Montenegro) , as the Latins of the Adriatic call it, Crna Gora as it is called by the Slavs themselves).
At the beginning of the nineteenth century the ideas of the French revolution rekindled the courage and patriotism of this nation of Slavs. .
In 1804 the Serbs were the first Balkan people to rise against the Turks, and followed the French people in its conquest of the Rights of Man.
It is interesting to note that Stephen Zivkovic, director of the insurgents’ powder magazine at Valjevo, translated into Serb the Telemaque of Fenelon.
Throughout last century an indomitable courage and patriotism, aided by Russia and France, won first autonomy and then independence for the two groups of Serbs which had always remained Christian and recalcitrant in the Sumadija and in Montenegro.
Piece by piece the remnants of their ancestral territory was delivered and divided between the two Serbian States, which became the Principalities and eventually the Kingdoms of Serbia and Montenegro, with their two capitals in Belgrade and Cetinje.
In 1912 Serbia and Montenegro were still separated from each other by the two Turkish provinces in Kosovo and Novibazar. The Serbs were still far from having attained their national resurrection.
To the south, and in the centre of the Great Serbia of former days, Turkey still held a million Serbs in subjection, in Macedonia and Kosovo.
To the north, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in Slavonia, in the Banat of Temesvar, in Croatia and in Dalmatia, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy had for two centuries taken the place of the Turks, whom the arms of loyal Croats and Krajina Serbs had expelled from these dependencies of Hungary.
Austria persisted in subjecting to its bureaucracy and policeas the victims of intolerance and exploitation, five or six million of these*}South Slavs, who speak one and the same language but practice three religions. The Croats of Croatia and Dalmatia are Roman Catholics, the Serbs are Orthodox, while a considerable section of the inhabitants of Bosnia- Herzegovina are Mohammedans. But all these peoples in Austria- Hungary belong to the same branch, the Serbo-Croat, of the south Slavic /Jugo Slav race; all speak an identical language and are one in outlook in the present as in the past.
The imperial and royal dynasty of Austria- Hungary, the House of Habsburg, which held by right of Conquest the countries of Croatia, Slavonia, Dalmatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, had the design, publicly avowed, of adding to them sooner or later the two independent Serbian states, Serbia and Montenegro, with the object of creating a single Serbo-Croat Kingdom, to be annexed to its other kingdoms of Hungary, Bohemia,Poland and Austria. The Habsburg dynasty regarded the Conquest as legitimate because the annexation of the two Serbian kingdoms seemed to it necessary if the Monarchy was to endure.”
- end quote: Heroic Serbia FROM THE FRENCH OF VICTOR BERARD, Women’s Printing Society, Ltd.,Brick Street,Piccadilly, W, ’? LIBRARY 1-03 A,
To continue: http://www.scribd.com/doc/27933593/Heroic-Serbia-1916-Victor-Berard