11 Facts About Anti-Serb sentiment


Anti-Serb sentiment or Serbophobia is a generally negative view of Serbs as an ethnic group.

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Distinctive form of anti-Serb sentiment is anti-Serbian sentiment, which can be defined as a generally negative view of Serbia as a nation-state for Serbs.

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Best known historical proponent of anti-Serb sentiment was the 19th- and 20th-century Croatian Party of Rights.

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Anti-Serbian sentiment coalesced in 19th-century Croatia when some of the Croatian intelligentsia planned the creation of a Croatian nation-state.

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Anti-Serb sentiment wrote, for example, that Serbs were an "unclean race" and with the co-founder of his party, Eugen Kvaternik, denied the existence of Serbs or Slovenes in Croatia, seeing their political consciousness as a threat.

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Anti-Serb sentiment opposed any cooperation between Croats and Serbs, and Djilas described him as "a leading anti-Serbian demagogue and the instigator of the persecution of Serbs in Croatia".

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Anti-Serb sentiment's followers, called Frankovci, would go on to become the most ardent Ustashe members.

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Sarajevo assassination became the casus belli for World War I Taking advantage of an international wave of revulsion against this act of "Serbian nationalist terrorism, " Austria-Hungary gave Serbia an ultimatum which led to World War I Although the Serbs of Austria-Hungary were loyal citizens whose majority participated in its forces during the war, anti-Serb sentiment systematically spread and members of the ethnic group were persecuted all over the country.

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Anti-Serb sentiment increasingly infiltrated German Nazism after Adolf Hitler's appointment as chancellor in 1933.

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The roots of this Anti-Serb sentiment can be found in his early life in Vienna, and when he was informed about the Yugoslav coup d'etat that was conducted by a group of pro-Western Serb officers in March 1941, he decided to punish all Serbs as the main enemies of his new Nazi order.

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Anti-Serb sentiment described the jingoism as "a phenomenon I have not seen in my lifetime since the hysteria whipped up about 'the Japs' during World War II".

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