The author traces the way in which earlier servian historians, writers and politicans created a stereotype of Albanians as implacable enemies of all that is serv.
The Albanians are today unquestionably considered the greatest ‘enemies’ of the servs. Although this may be ascribed to political events and the distasteful portrayal of Albanians in the servian media, it is nevertheless necessary to look deeper into the reasons for the disdain with which they have been treated by servian writers and politicians.
servi. an intellectuals today write about Albanians mainly within the framework of a stereotype about their ingrained hatred of - and desire to destroy - the servs, which is said to originate from their very nature, characterised by primitivism and banditry. Earlier authors, meanwhile, sought also to prove the Albanians’ alleged incapacity for autonomous state existence, which they likewise derived from their nature. In their view, the Albanian ‘tribes’ neither needed a state nor were capable of becoming a nation. So such authors saw the solution, in line with servia’s own state-political programme, in terms of a benevolent colonisation which, by including the Albanians and their lands into the Serbian state, would prepare them for civilised existence. Contemporary writings about the Albanians commonly include such stereotypes, repeated over and over again during the past one hundred years: that they are not a nation, and that their lack of civilisation precludes them from establishing an independent state. From this derives the assertion that Skanderbeg was a serv.