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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When he heard me say that I was a Montenegrin , he was simply overjoyed . He
asked me with some hesitation whether the Montenegrins belonged to the
Orthodox faith . When I confirmed that they are Orthodox , explained that
Montenegro is ...
The blood feud survived longest among the Montenegrins and Albanians . The
Kosovo Albanians abandoned the custom very recently . 5 . “ There is
considerable evidence that Montenegrin lineages shifted in a very fluid manner
not only ...
The year 1516 is frequently regarded as the beginning of the Montenegrin
bishops ' assumption of the role of heads of state , but the historian Ilarion
Ruvarac proved a century ago that Montenegro was under Turkish rule in the
sixteenth and ...
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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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