Expansion of the state and the cult of the ruler

With the reign of Prince Nikola I Petrović, the great years of Montenegrin history begin - recognition at the Congress of Berlin and great territorial expansion, the status of Russia's favorite in the Balkans
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Ažurirano: 12.06.2018. 14:54h

On Friday, June 15, Nezavisni dnevnik Vijesti presents you with the fifth book from the "Petrovići, vladari i ratnici" edition, entitled "The King of Heroes"

By 1900, Prince Nikola had already ruled for 40 years. During his reign, he gained a great reputation among the citizens of his small country. As the winner of Vučje dol, the conqueror of Bar and Nikšić, the ruler of Montenegro who was received by the Russian emperor and the sultan, the prince really had a basis for popularity among his subjects.

Both state propaganda and the educational system sought to achieve this popularity. Newspapers, which were all under the control of the court, wrote articles and poems glorifying the lord, while the prince was an omnipresent figure in the schools. In Orthodox and Catholic churches, as well as in mosques, the faithful prayed for the well-being of the prince.

With the reign of Prince Nikola I Petrović, the great years of Montenegrin history begin - recognition at the Congress of Berlin and great territorial expansion, the status of Russia's favorite in the Balkans.

However, after 1878, the power of the states was projected through the strength of the economy, army, infrastructure, population, and not through patriotic fervor and songs about the conquest of Prizren. The national ideology of Prince Nikola was not realistic, and it will eventually cost him the throne, his state's independence, and divide the population ideologically

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