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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65 Saint - Savaist idolization of the nation and hostility toward democracy and
Western secular humanism explain why the Serbian Church gave enthusiastic
support to the former communist technocrat Slobodan Milošević when he
Three - month - long mass demonstrations against President Milošević ,
organized by students and the opposition coalition Together after he refused to
honor the results of the November 1996 elections , expressed , among other
things , a ...
ership of the wave of discontent - Zoran Đinđić and Vuk Drašković — did not offer
a real alternative to Milošević ' s policies . They did not deplore the nationalist
obsession with a Greater Serbia ( in which they themselves rivaled Milošević ) ...
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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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