Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide
Hurst, 1999 - 233 pages
Heavenly Serbia traces Serbia's expansionist impulses to Serbian national mythology. The dominant myth - that of "Heavenly Serbia" - appeared soon after the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. It attributed the Serb's defeat by the Turks and the loss of the medieval Serbian state to the Serb's preference for moral salvation over military victory. By emphasizing their commitment to the heavenly kingdom and promising an eventual restoration of the Serbian empire, this myth helped the Serbs to bear their centuries-long domination by a foreign power. Though they ultimately shed the Turkish yoke and regained statehood in the nineteenth century, the Serbs, according to Anzulovic, retained this central myth in the form of feelings of superiority to their neighbors, and a sense of destiny ordaining them to become the dominant power in the Balkans. The myth has been perpetuated by political and religious leaders, historians, novelists, and artists, and has found acceptance abroad as well.
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... of a common state that would be independent of both Russia and Austria.
Garasanin followed Zach's text very closely, even copying entire paragraphs
almost verbatim, but wherever Zach used the term south Slavs, Garasanin
replaced it ...
Leaders of the new country took its borders for granted and pursued policies
intended to expand them even more. Showing a severe lack of judgment,
Yugoslav authorities sympathized with the Nazi attempts to annex Austria
because a ...
The only Western statesman in office who persistently warned of the possible
outbreak of violence in Yugoslavia and the danger of inactivity was Alois Mock,
the foreign minister of Austria, a neighboring country that had ruled over parts of
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An independent scholar living in Washington, DC, Anzulovic interprets Serbia's violent history as a consequence of historical legacies: Saint Sava's mystical identification of the church and nation ... Read full review
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