NOTE PHILIP J. ADLER (Greenville, N. C., U. S. A.) Notes on the Beginnings of Modern Serbian Literature: The Kurzbeck Press in Vienna and Its Successors, 1770-1800 In the Orthodox communities of Southeastern Europe, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries had seen an almost total hiatus in publishing activity, and as late as the second half of the eighteenth century there existed only very limited possibilities for the production and distribution of cyrillic imprints.' Quite apart from the technical difficulties, which were formidable, there were a number of political and cultural obstructions facing the printer or bookseller who looked to the non-Russian users of cyrillic for his market: a) neither the Ottoman Porte nor the Viennese authorities were inclined to initiate any measure which might strengthen their subjects' national self-awareness; hence access to a literature which in appearance and content must recall Slavs and Greeks to their independent past was traditionally regarded as contrary to the Staatsinteresse in both capitals; ' b) both Muslim and Catholic authorities were antipathetic to the Orthodox religion which the large majority of the subject peoples of the Balkans subscribed to; the Ottomans perhaps less from religious prejudices than social ones, while the Austrians
Southeastern Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1974
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