Saturday, December 04, 2010

Remembering renowned 20th century Serbian intellectual Slobodan Jovanovic // Пoмен академику Слободану Јовановићу у организацији Српског либералног савета // December 4, 2010

Aleksandra's Note: Today, December 4th, 2010, a memorial service was held in Belgrade by the Srpski Liberalni Savet organization for the renowned 20th century Serbian intellectual Slobodan Jovanovic. He was one of the Serbs on trial in Belgrade along with General Mihailovich in 1946.

Though he died in 1958, his work lives on through the Slobodan Jovanovic Fund, which confronts current, contemporary issues facing the Serbs.

You can learn more about the Slobodan Jovanovic Fund, in both the English and the Serbian language, at:

Following is biographical information in English about Slobodan Jovanovic from the online Encyclopedia "Wikipedia", and following that is the announcement from Srpski Liberalni Savet about their tribute to Mr. Jovanovic.


Aleksandra Rebic



Slobodan Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Јовановић) (December 3, 1869, Novi Sad, Austria-Hungary (now Serbia) - December 12, 1958, London, United Kingdom) was one of Serbia's most prolific jurists, historians, sociologists and journalists. He distinguished himself with a characteristically clear and sharp writing style later called the "Belgrade style".

Liberal in his social and political views, he was perhaps Yugoslavia’s greatest authority on constitutional law; also a master of Serbian prose style, he was for nearly half a century a leader of the Serbian intelligentsia. He graduated law in Geneva in 1890. In 1905, he became of professor of the University of Belgrade's Law School. He kept this position until 1941.


He had some influence on political life in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia due to his well established authority in the field of law and history, but he entered directly political life only in 1939 when the Serbian Cultural Club was established, and he was appointed as Club's president.

He was a pro-Western politician and when a pro-Western military coup took place in Belgrade on March 27, 1941, a pro-Western, essentially pro-British government was installed headed by General Dušan Simović. Jovanovic was deputy Prime Minister in that government. The Third Reich attacked the Kingdoms of Yugoslavia and Greece on April 6, and soon defeated Yugoslav and Greek forces. Jovanovic moved in mid April together with King Peter II and other cabinet ministers to Jerusalem and he reached London in July. He became prime minister of the Yugoslav government in exile during World War II on January 11, 1942 and remained in that position till June 26, 1943. Tried in absence by Josip Broz Tito's communist regime together with general Draža Mihailović, he was sentenced to twenty years in jail which he never served, as well as the loss of political and civil rights for a period of ten years, and confiscation of all property and loss of citizenship.

He spent his later years in exile in London (1945–1958). A memorial plaque in honour of "Professor Slobodan Yovanovitch. Serbian historian, literary critic, legal scholar, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia" may be found in London at 39b Queens Gate Gardens, Kensington.

After unofficial rehabilitation in 1989, his collected works were published in 1991. In Serbia, he is universally regarded as one of the most influential political thinkers of the turn of the century. Leading Serbian quality daily Politika on the occasion of his 70th birthday concluded that "his name has been carved as the highest peak of our culture up to now".[1] In the same issue four most prominent Serbian intellectuals assessed very highly his accomplishments as a historian, jurist, sociologist and writer.

His analysis of the Karađorđević and Obrenović rulers ranks among the clearest and most astute. In Serbia, he initiated discussion about previously little known subjects (such as the question of cultural patterns). He also distinguished himself with literary criticism and essays on topics ranging from art to culture and politics.

Jovanovic became a full member of the Serbian Royal Academy in 1908, and its President from 1928 till 1931. He was also a correspondent member of the Yugoslav Academy of Science in Zagreb from 1927.

He was one of the most prominent intellectuals of his time. In his career, he was a lawyer, historian, writer, president of the Serbian Royal Academy (now Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), professor and rector at Belgrade University, and finally, deputy prime minister and prime minister of the Royal Yugoslav Government in exile.

His collected works were published in 17 volumes in 1939-1940. Although his works were not officially banned any new issue of his books was not permitted in communist Yugoslavia until late 1980s. Finally, a new edition of his collected works was published in Belgrade in 12 volumes in 1991. Since 2003 his portrait is shown on the 5000 dinar banknote of the National Bank of Serbia, and his bust stands at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade. Official rehabilitation occurred on October 26, 2007 by the court in Belgrade.

His father was Vladimir Jovanović (1833–1922), a famous Serbian liberal economist and politician. He was greatly influenced by John Stuart Mill and the British parliamentary system.


О суверености, Београд 1897 / O suverenosti, Beograd 1897 [On Sovereignty, Belgrade, 1897].

О дводомном систему, Београд 1899 / O dvodomnom sistemu, Beograd 1899 [On Bicameral System, Belgrade, 1899].

Велика народна скупштина, Београд 1900 / Velika narodna skupština, Beograd 1900 [Great People's Assembly, Belgrade, 1900].

Српско-бугарски рат. Расправа из дипломатске историје, Београд 1901 / Srpsko-bugarski rat. Rasprava iz diplomatske istorije, Beograd 1901 [Serbo-Bulgarian War. A paper in diplomatic history], Belgrade 1901].

Светотар Марковић, Београд 1903 / Svetotar Marković, Beograd 1903 [Svetozar Markovic, Belgrade 1903].

Основи правне теорије о држави, Београд 1906 / Osnovi pravne teorije o državi, Beograd 1906 [An Introducation to the Legal Theory on State, Belgrade, 1906].

Основи јавног права Краљевине Србије, Београд 1907-1909 / Osnovi javnog prava Kraljevine Srbije, Beograd 1907-1909 [An Introduction to the Public Law of the Kingdom of Serbia, Belgrade, 1907–1909, in two volumes].

Макиавели, Београд 1907 / Makiaveli, Beograd 1907.

Полититчке и правне расправе, Београд 1908-1910 / Polititčke i pravne rasprave, Beograd 1908-1910 [Political and Legal Considerations, Belgrade, 1908–1910, in two volumes].

Уставобранитељи и њихова влада, Српска краљевска академија, Београд 1912 / Ustavobranitelji i njihova vlada, Srpska kraljevska akademija, Beograd 1912 [Constitutionalists and their Government (Belgrade: Serbian Royal Academy, 1912).

Университетско питање, Београд 1914 / Universitetsko pitanje, Beograd 1914 [University Question, Belgrade, 1914].

Вођи француске револуције, Београд 1920 / Vođi francuske revolucije, Beograd 1920 [Leaders of the French Revolution, Belgrade, 1920].

О држави, Београд 1922 / O državi, Beograd 1922 [On State, Belgrade, 1922].

Друга влада Милоша и Михаила, Београд 1923 / Druga vlada Miloša i Mihaila, Beograd 1923 [The Second Rule of Milosh and Michael, Belgrade, 1923].

Уставно право Краљевине Срба, Хрвата и Словенаца, Београд 1924 / Ustavno pravo Kraljevine Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca, Beograd 1924 [Constitutional Law of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, Belgrade, 1924].

Влада Милана Обреновића, Геца Кон, Београд 1926-1927 / Vlada Milana Obrenovića, Geca Kon, Beograd 1926-1927 [The Rule of Milan Obrenovich (Belgrade: Geca Kon, 1926–1927), in two volumes].

Влада Александра Обреновића, Геца Кон, Београд 1929-1931. / Vlada Aleksandra Obrenovića, Geca Kon, Beograd 1929-1931. [The Rule of Alexander Obrenovich (Belgrade: Geca Kon, 1929–1931, in two volumes].

Из историје политичких доктрина, Београд 1935 / Iz istorije političkih doktrina, Beograd 1935 [From the History of Political Doctrines, Belgrade, 1935].

Гледстон, Југо-исток, Београд 1938 / Gledston, Jugo-istok, Beograd 1938 [Slobodan Jovanovic, Gladstone (Belgrade: Jugo-istok, 1938)].

Амерички федерализам, Београд 1939 / Američki federalizam, Beograd 1939 [American Federalism, Belgrade, 1939].

Примери политичке социологије, Енглеска, Француска, Немачка 1815-1914, Београд 1940 / Primeri političke sociologije, Engleska, Francuska, Nemačka 1815-1914, Beograd 1940 [Examples of Political Sociology: England, France and Germany, 1815–1914, Belgrade, 1940].

О тоталитаризму, Ослобођење, Париз 1952 / O totalitarizmu, Oslobođenje, Pariz 1952 [On Totalitarianism (Paris: Oslobodjenje, 1952].

Један прилог за проучавање српског националног карактера, Виндзор - Канада 1964 / Jedan prilog za proučavanje srpskog nacionalnog karaktera, Vindzor - Kanada 1964 [A Contribution to the Study of the Serbian National Character, Windsor /Canada/, 1964].

Записи о проблемима и људима, 1941–1944, Лондон 1976 / Zapisi o problemima i ljudima, 1941–1944, London 1976 [Notes on Problems and Individuals, 1941–1944, London, 1976)]

Papers in English

Slobodan Jovanovich, Tito and the Western World (reprinted from The Eastern Quarterly), London, 1952, pp. 6.

Slobodan Jovanovich, On the New Machiavellism (reprinted from The Eastern Quarterly), London, 1952, pp. 5.


Данас 4.12.2010. је у Вазенсенској цркви у Београду је дат помен академику Слободану Јовановићу у организацији Српског либералног савета.
Давање помена је наставак дугогодишње праксе СЛС-а да у деценбру месецу обележава дан рођења и дан смрти академика Јовановића.

После одржане трибине о делу академика Јовановића и давање парастоса Српски либерални савет очекује да ће се у децембру месецу остварити и иницијатива да са трг испред Правнога факултета у Београду назове по овом нашем академику.

У Бгд.4.12.2010.год.
Српски либерални савет


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