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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The Encounter with the Turks Ottoman Religious Tolerance The union of Serbian
church and nation , a Byzantine heritage , became even tighter after the Ottoman
Turkish conquest , when Serbia ceased to exist as a territorial and political ...
Most Serbian medieval monasteries survived the long Ottoman rule , and some of
the churches and monasteries built during the Ottoman period rival those built by
Serbian medieval kings . A Serbian cultural historian points out the extent of ...
Had the Ottoman rule been based on terror alone , it probably would not have
lasted so long . Violence increased during the last two centuries of the Ottoman
Empire , when the Turkish capacity to keep order declined and economic
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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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