Dejan Mikavica

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Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad.


Hungarian Constitutional Law and the Serbian Question in the Political Ideology of Svetozar Miletić

In the political ideology of Svetozar Miletić and other liberal Serbian political leaders in the Habsburg Monarchy, Hungarian constitutional law represented constitutional and legal framework acceptable inasmuch as the ruling Hungarian state doctrine even partially recognised Serbian privileges, and their democratic and national rights. The initial request to form special territorial autonomy for Serbs within Hungary, which was to have considerable authority over certain aspects of social life, was redefined after the Austro-Hungarian Compromise by requesting administrative integration of Hungarian counties on national basis. Institutionally conducted Magyarisation within Hungary indicated the loss of national identity of all non-Hungarian peoples in Hungary, while the cancellation of Serbian ecclesiastical-educational autonomy meant sanctioning of Serbian privileges.