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|Plate 18 from Die Bulgaren in ihren historischen, ethnographischen und politischen Grenzen by Ishirkoff & Zlatarski||Index no. 0048:0018|
The green-bordered text below is is the English version of the explanatory text, from the page facing the map. Another page on this site gives the full text in German, English, French, and Bulgarian.
This map is also of Servian origin. It bears the title "Servia and the districts in which Servian language is spoken etc. by Professor K. Dejardin. Belgrad, 1853." Although its author bears a French name, he was one of the best-versed professors in the Servia of his time. Modestly the author states that his map had been put together according to "Dawidowitsch and other Servian authors." As a matter of fact it represents the realm of the Servian language just as the scientists of that time, who had not been influenced by chauvinistical Pan-servianism, did. For this reason this map is a valuable document against the Serbian pretensions of to-day.
lt is easy to see that on this map as well, neither Macedonia nor the towns Bela-Palanka, Pirot, Lesskowetz and Wranja are included in the "districts in which Servian language is spoken." There is no doubt that if this map, as well as that by Dawidowitsch, had been published before 1833, the Timok river-basin would not have been added to the "by Servians inhabited districts" and "in which the Serbian language is spoken", because Turkey left this basin to the Servian Principality only in 1833. From the history of Servia it becomes evident that the valleys of the rivers Timok and Nischawa as far up as Mount-Kunowitza never belonged to Servia – not even, at Dushan's time when Servia had reached the height of her power, nor even when the Servian Patriarchate of Ipek existed. These facts are substantiated by Professor St. Stanojewitsch on the maps of his work "History of the Servian People." His history is the best Servian compendium on this subject and as such it is used in all Servian grammar-schools.
Keywords: Servia – Dejardin
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