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William Dorich

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About the Author "A Brief History of Serbian Music"

William Dorich is a Los Angeles publisher specializing in self-publishing since 1985. He is also an American-Serb journalist. He is the author of 5 books on Balkan subject including: "Serbian Genocide 1941-45" (1991), "Kosovo" (1992), the first book published in the U.S. on this region of the world; "The Suppressed Serbian Voice and the Free Press in America" (1994), "A Brief History of Serbian Music" (1996, 1998), and "Hilandar's Octocentenary" (1999) which commemorates the 800th anniversary of the Hilandar Monastery founded on Mt. Athos, Greece.

Second Edition—A Brief History of Serbian Music covers the last 100 years in which the Serbian people miraculously developed and mastered musical composition after 412 years of Ottoman slavery in which the Turkish occupiers of the Balkans prevented Serbs from obtaining an education, forbid them to learn to read and write, and even denied them the use of musical instruments. In the 15th century the Serbs, in desperation for musical expression, create a silent kolo (dance) to the syncopation of their footsteps surviving this immoral oppression much like Jamaicans resorted to the use of steel drums.

During 400 years of Muslim oppression in the Balkans the Serbs maintained their history through folk poems and songs and preserved 5 centuries of their history orally.

The most powerful figure in the 19th century in making Serbian folk poetry known to Europe was Vuk Karadzic, whose efforts resulted in Goethe's translation of many Serbian works. Goethe was so found of the Serbian people he learned to speak their language and to read the Cyrillic alphabet, taught to the Serbs by SS. Cyril and Methodius in the 800s. It was Goethe's influence that convinced Brahms to compose his famous lullaby based on a Serbian folk poem. Other composers like Loewe and Joseph Maria Wolfram also composed works based on Serbian folk songs.


Vilijam Dorić Todorović je rođen 1939. u Zapadnoj Virdžiniji, u porodici Todorović iz Krajine. Školovao se za novinara i rano počeo da piše. Kolumnista je američkih glasila i od 1985. vlasnik izdavačke kuće “GM books”. Autor je šest knjiga, od kojih je posljednja foto-monografija o Srbiji na engleskom. Nosilac je Ordena Svetog Save.


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Bishop Maxim (Vasiljević)

(2006–)

For the last eleven years the ruling bishop of the Western American Diocese is Maxim (Vasiljević,) well known in academic circles since he holds several academic titles and is professor of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade. Maxim (secular name Milan Vasilje¬vić) was born on June 27, 1968 in Foča, Yugoslavia, into a family of a priest. His father Lazar is a priest and mother Radmila, nee Todorović.

After finishing elementary school in Sarajevo (1983), he studied Seminary school in Belgrade (finished in 1988), served the army, and enrolled into the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in the same city.

He was tonsured a monk in Tvrdos Monastery, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on August 18, 1996, by Bishop Atanasije of Herzegovia, who also ordained him a deacon (1996) and priest in 2001.

Bishop Maxim graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade in 1993. He completed his Masters of Theology at the University of Athens in 1996, and then three years later, in 1999, at the same University, he defended his doctorate in the field of Dogmatics and Patristics with the title, “Participation in God” in the Theological Anthropology of St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Maximus the Confessor.

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My Brother's Keeper

by Fr. Radovan Bigovic

Rare are the books of Orthodox Christian authors that deal with the subject of politics in a comprehensive way. It is taken for granted that politics has to do with the secularized (legal) protection of human rights (a reproduction of the philosophy of the Enlightenment), within the political system of so-called "representative democracy", which is limited mostly to social utility or to the conventional rules of human relations. Most Christians look at politics and democracy as unrelated with their experience of the Church herself, which abides both in history and in the Kingdom, the eschaton. Today, the commercialization of politics—its submission to the laws of publicity and the brainwashing of the masses—has literally abolished the "representative" parliamentary system. So, why bother with politics when every citizen of so-called developed societies has a direct everyday experience of the rapid decline and alienation of the fundamental aspects of modernity?

In the Orthodox milieu, Christos Yannaras has highlighted the conception of the social and political event that is borne by the Orthodox ecclesiastical tradition, which entails a personalistic (assumes an infinite value of the human person as opposed to Western utilitarian individualism) and relational approach. Fr Radovan Bigovic follows this approach. In this book, the reader will find a faithful engagement with the liturgical and patristic traditions, with contemporary thinkers, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, all in conversation with political science and philosophy. As an excellent Orthodox theologian and a proponent of dialogue, rooted in the catholic (holistic) being of the Orthodox Church and of his Serbian people, Fr Radovan offers a methodology that encompasses the above-mentioned concerns and quests.