Jovan I. Deretić is a megalomaniac pseudohistorian and conspiracy theorist from Serbia who believes that all Indo-Europeans (except Albanians) are Serbs and that "fact" was hidden in the name of the Vatican after Berlin Congress (1878). Thanks to his tireless efforts in promoting his ideas, Deretić became synonym with neo-romanticists (derogatory term for people who wish that history perfectly suits to their needs and used medieval poems and legends as serious historical sources, in contrast to historians of the "critical school", who take a more serious approach).
Jovan I. Deretić & Co. emerged and benefited from chaos that hit Balkans during 1990s. The collapse of communism and break up of former Yugoslavia during 1990s set the stage for nationalist agitators in successor states. Due to negative experience with Catholic Church in past (especially during World War II), some Serbs are prone to accept more or less crackpot conspiracy theories that include Vatican and the Pope.
 Birth of the monster
Deretić explained the cause of his actions: while he was still teenager, people in his native Herzegovina used to find pieces of pottery. His uncle explained him that the pottery is older from Roman era. Stunned little Jovan asked: "But how it is possible, if we (Serbs) migrated here in 7th century?" Uncle replied: "Dear boy, don't be a fool, nobody migrated here."
Deretić's education is somewhat unclear. He claims that he studied in Belgrade Faculty of Sciences, then left Yugoslavia in 1963 and went to France. There he first he in Paris Technical School, and then he studied history in Lyon for three years, insufficiently to obtain Ph.D. He moved to USA, and claims he obtained an LLD in Chicago. Finally, he claims he is a member Petrovskaya Academy of Science from Sankt Petersburg, Russia (note that this academy is established in 1991; Russia has its national academy - Russian Academy of Sciences; Petrovskaya is more like NGO). Knowing the fact that Deretić dares to claim that even Russians are under Vatican influence (see bellow), it is odd how he obtained membership in the "academy".
Deretić built upon his pseudohistory on work of Miloš Milojević and Sima Lazić Lukin, whose thesis were discarded and debunked by historians such as Ilarion Ruvarac at the of 19th century. While Milojević and Lazić held somewhat modest views on Serbian history, Deretić believes that there was ancient Serbian empire that ruled world (or at least had great impact on early history). He explains that modern accepted history that it taught over world is product of Vatican-Austrian conspiracy. That "conspiracy" should force Serbs to abandon process of national liberation and unification, which would make easier for Catholicism and Austria to spread further to East.
Deretić had regular appearances on local TV stations where he promoted his "Forbidden Serbian History" (Serbian: Zabranjena istorija Srba)
 Deretić's methodology
- Find a toponym which contains letters S or Z, R and B or V and say that it was named after Serbs. Therefore, they were there, usually as rulers.
- Find a toponym which contains two of above-listed letters and say that it was named after Serbs (e.g. Sarmathians => Sarbathians => Serbs). Therefore, they were there, usually as rulers.
- Find a toponym that mentions Venetians, Thracians and Ilyrians, say that it was named after Serbs (explanation: Romans called Slavs "Vendi", and Thracians and Iliryans were native people on Balkans. Vendi looks like Veneti, name of an ancient tribe that lived around modern day Venice - therefore Veneti were Serbs. Also, name Philistines, is similar to Pelasgians, predecessors/ancestors of ancient Greeks, so the two people are same and, of course, they were Serbs, too.
- Repeting blatant lies. For instance, Deretić claims that modern translations of some ancient and medieval sources (such as Pliny the Elder's Naturalis historia) weren't available (read: were hidden by those filthy Catholics) not only in Serbian, but also there wasn't English or French. Reality is: although some ancient sources might were really unavailable, there wasn't any ban on translating, not prior or during pan-Slavic Communists rule. Btw, first English translation of Naturalis historia was made by Philemon Holland at the beginning of 17th century.
 Deretić on history
- Neolithic Vinča culture is, of course, Serbian and mysterious symbols are graphems of "Srbica", the oldest alphabet on the world.. Ten commandments were written using Srbica, because Jews didn't have their script. It was also "found" in Ancient Egypt
- All Slavs (and most of white people) are Serbs, not vice-verse. Russians are Serbian tribe, because vast stepes of Russia and Ukraine couldn't produce great culture such is Kieavan Rus. Also, real name that Ivan the Terrible got on baptizing was Jovan (John). Russians, who were mere peasants while Serbs were elite warriors, had to hude this embarrassing "fact", so they came up with idea that Mother Russia, not Balkans, is homeland of Slavs.
- Romanians and count Dracula were Serbs.
- Swastika is old Serbian symbol and Germans are only 70% of Serbian origin. It is unclear did Hitler fell within those 30%.
- Serbs from Balkas spred from Balkans to India in successive invasions led by generals Nino Belov, Serbo Makeridov, Alexander the Great and Seleucus.
- Virgin Mary had to be a Serb because Marija (serbianized variant of Mary) is obviously a Serbian name. Furthermore, Christianity is copy of ancient Serbian pagan religion. Jesus spent his youth among Serbs on Balkans, before he returned to Judea to preach. Also, Aramaic, a Semitic language that Jesus spoke, was another name for Serbian (Slavic/Indo-European).
- Roman Empire, despite all its military glory, couldn't conquer Serbs on Balkans. Instead, they hired them as mercenaries to defend Danube border from other Serbs. Also, Barbaric Invasions didn't happen - Roman emperors (should we repeat that even they were of Serbian origin, too?), simply colonized barbaric Serbs from outside the Empire into the Empire.
- Serbian Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja (reigned 1166-1196) is grand-grandson of Roman Emperor Licinius (c. 263 – 325). That would means that Nemanja's ancestors lived few centuries.
 History on Deretić
 Acceptance of Deretić's ideas
Deretić is accepted only among uneducated laymen. No one sufficiently intelligent in Serbia (SANU - national academy of sciences, universities and ministry of education) ever endorsed Deretić. Radivoje Radić, associate of SANU Byzantine institute wrote book Srbi pre Adama i posle njega, istorija jedne zloupotrebe: Slovo protiv novoromantičara (Serbs before Adam and after him, history of an abuse: A word against neo-romanticists).
 Political engagement
Deretić considers himself a fierce Serbian Orthodox.
Deretić took part in political life in Serbia, but without any success. In 2011, he founded NGO Free Serbia. Ideology of the movement are: euroscepticism, counter-globalisation, social conservatism and aligning Serbia with proposed Eurasian Union.
 See also
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfyElc9KpXI
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRZy2Mj481E (Serbian)
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW4YQlPd8no&feature=related
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8SjKwCF6jw
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6LL5IcNDG8&feature=related
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW7BTIQZADg
- ↑ http://www.kurir-info.rs/vesti/drustvo/grof-drakula-je-bio-srbin-156152.php
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMgd2wd_zGg