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Serbians in Michigan

Paul Lubotina

Publication Year: 2014

Fighting, nationalism, and religion influenced Serbian migration to America in three distinct waves during the twentieth century, first following the Balkan Wars, again after the Second World War, and most recently, following the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Serbians in Michigan examines the lives of Serbian immigrants from lowland areas of the Balkans and the distinct highland culture of Montenegro. The work provides cultural background to Serbian society that serves as a benchmark to compare the changes that occurred among the population after arriving in Michigan. The book also functions as an informational how-to guide for individuals of Serbian descent who are interested in learning more about their ancestors. Lubotina provides key words, phrases, and recipes that allow readers to sample aspects of Serbian culture from the comfort of their homes. Additionally, the book explores the nature of a split between conservative and liberal factions in Serbian-American communities. However, a key theme in the book is how the Serbian Orthodox Church has maintained Serbian heritage and nationalism through several generations in America.

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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Introduction

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pp. 1-4

The story of Serbian immigrants in Michigan is one of integration and ethnic retention. The core of Serbian identity derives from their adherence to the Orthodox faith. While Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, and Bosnians all descend from the same ancient peoples, their modern counterparts have embraced Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Islam, which has helped to separate the populations...

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Serbian Emigration

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pp. 5-14

Beginning in the sixth century, the first Slavic groups of Serbs and Croats entered the Balkans and settled in the region between the Roman and Byzantine empires. Their choice of locations set a precedent that had far-reaching consequences for the Serbian people. Over the next thousand years, the Ottoman Turks, Croats, Austrians, Hungarians, Italians, and Bulgarians...

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Serbian American Culture

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pp. 15-34

The Serbian communities that developed in Michigan during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were populated with individuals from the length and breadth of the Balkans. These immigrants came from diverse communities that held their own customs, dialects, and beliefs, which first shaped a new pan-Serbian population in Michigan, which in turn...

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Serbian Women

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pp. 35-46

The contributions of Serbian women to community development have been in many ways overshadowed by those of men. Notwithstanding their small numbers relative to men, women played a major role in improving the lives of Serbian immigrants in Michigan. Th e position of women in the community first reflected social ideas learned in their diverse hometowns. Some...

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Religious Celebrations and Conflicts

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pp. 47-62

Within Serbian society, the Orthodox faith has played a central role in ethnic identity for hundreds of years. In the Balkans, Orthodoxy differentiated Serbs from their Bosnian Muslim, Slovenian, and Croatian Catholic neighbors. When Serbian immigrants arrived in Michigan, the tradition continued as they built new churches, which formed the hearts of...

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Music

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pp. 63-72

During the centuries of Ottoman rule over the Serbian people in Europe, religion, literature, and music helped to maintain Serbian culture through the turbulent period. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as Serbians began to arrive in the United States, arts and literature continued to instill generations of immigrants with nostalgic feelings for their mother...

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Conclusion

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pp. 73-74

The story of Michigan’s Serbian populations contains both typical and unique elements compared with the other immigrant populations in the state. Serbian émigrés left their homelands because of political, economic, and social pressures. When they arrived in Michigan they entered a period of vibrant economic growth. The Serbian immigrants went to work and...

Appendix 1. Famous Serbian Americans

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pp. 75-78

Appendix 2. Serbian American Websites

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pp. 79-80

Appendix 3. Serbian Recipes

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pp. 81-84

Notes

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pp. 85-92

For Further Reference

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pp. 93-96

Index

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pp. 97-106


E-ISBN-13: 9781609174279
E-ISBN-10: 1609174275
Print-ISBN-13: 9781611861419
Print-ISBN-10: 1611861411

Page Count: 114
Illustrations: 10
Publication Year: 2014

Edition: 1st
Series Title: Discovering the Peoples of Michigan
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth

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