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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In 1783 Obradovic dedicated his writings to the "Slavoserbian people," that is, to "
the inhabitants of Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro, Dalmatia, Croatia,
Syrmium, Banat and Backa."8 They are all his "Serbian brethren, regardless of ...
The description of Bosnia as a land of hatred is used by a f1ctional character in
Andric's short story as a justif1cation for his decision to leave it, but a real
personal letter Andric wrote shortly after Yugoslavia was created displays an
intense love ...
the country and made the idea particularly attractive to the Croats by offering
them a larger part of Bosnia-Herzegovina than they had expected, a war broke
out between the two former allies, each one trying to secure as much land as
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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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