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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communities in the former Yugoslavia was the vilification of the Roman Catholic
Church . Yugoslav communist authorities attacked the Catholic Church much
more harshly than the Orthodox Church because they were not able to control a ...
The anti - Catholic campaign surged in the 1980s . It was driven by new writings
as well as by reissues and translations . Magnum crimen , a rabidly anti - Catholic
book first published in 1948 , during the initial postwar communist terror ...
Ramet , The Catholic Church in Yugoslavia , 189 . 22 . Alexander , The Triple
Myth , 2 . See also Ramet , The Catholic Church in Yugoslavia , 181 86 . In
her book Balkan Babel Ramet notes that , contrary to the Yugoslav communist ...
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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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