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  Monument to Vuk Karadzic
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Bronze, 300 cm, total height 725 cm.
Erected by the Belgrade Municipality in 1937.

(Trsic, near Loznica, 1787 - Vienna, 1864), linguist, ethnographer, historian, reformer of the Serbian language.

He went to school in Loznica (1795) and at the Tronosa monastery. After the 1st Serbian Insurrection he worked as a clerk for the government, then as a teacher and civil servant. After the failure of the insurrection in 1813, Vuk went to Vienna, where he was encouraged by the philologist Jernej to start collecting folk songs, stories and poems, and to work on language and spelling. He published the first collection of folk songs and "Pismenica". In 1818, he published his Dictionary which proclaimed the reform of the language. He has collected stories, proverbs, riddles, written historical accounts, etc. He has fought against the strong block of opponents to his reformatory ideas. He edited the "Danica almanac", and sought to acquaint people abroad with the national treasures of Serbia and its past. Jena University conferred upon him an honorary doctorate and he received similar recognitions from many European academies.
Thanks to Vuk, Serbian national poetry and songs became known and admired throughout Europe. Goethe especially liked them. The "Poems", written by B. Radicevic, have shown that even the great artistic works could be written in folk language, while the "War for Serbian Language and Orthography" by Dj. Danicic has proved, by power of scientific argument, the correctness of Vuk's language stands. His work has had tremendous influence to other Yugoslav peoples, too, so that in 1850, at so-called Literary Agreement in Vienna, the representatives of Serbian and Croatian cultural life agreed upon introduction of uniform literary language for both nations. Vuk's remains were transferred from Vienna to Belgrade in 1897 and buried in front of the Cathedral Church.


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  • Updated Mar 9, 2005
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