National Motives in the Lyrics of Contemporary Croatian Songs: Patriotism or Nationalism?
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The article focuses on the lyrics of select contemporary Croatian songs. The author attempts to decide what purpose they serve and poses and attempts to answer several questions. Do the numerous national qualities and references to the history, both past and very recent, in these songs reflect noble feelings of patriotism and satisfaction from newly regained independence? Or perhaps do they serve to help to close ranks before the next stage of the yet unfinished battle, and to demonize threats and strengthen the atmosphere of fears and sentiments? What symbols connected with Croatian culture and tradition appear most frequently and what role do they play? What is the basic subject of national pride, and, conversely, what is never mentioned at all? In what way do individual authors of the lyrics use national myths? And what is their approach to historic figures and events, to their neighbors (especially Serbs and Muslims) as well as to compatriots living in Bosnia-Herzegovina? The final question is: what influence do these songs exert on the contemporary national consciousness of Croatians?
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