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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While the Westernization of Russia was suddenly launched by Tsar Peter the
Great , the Serbs ' Westernization started more gradually , from below , with the
Serbian community in the Habsburg territory north of the Sava and Danube
There was no millet system in the Habsburg lands , but the Viennese court
granted a series of special privileges to the Serbian church , so that , in a
predominantly Catholic empire , Serbian Orthodox metropolitans exercised a
higher degree of ...
But the post - Habsburg Austria has no imperial ambitions , and the Catholic
Church , especially since Vatican II , has been guided by sincere efforts to
establish better relations with Orthodox countries . 53 It should be clear in
retrospect that ...
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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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