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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Popovic-Obradovic, "Zablude o 'zlatnom dobu,' " 14. 12. Popovic, Vidovdan i
casni krst, 152. NOTES TO CHAPTER 1 1. About these texts, see Trifunovic,
Srpski srednjovekovni spisi. 2. Karadzic, Srpske narodne pjesme, vol. 2, no. 45,
w. 11-26 ...
Popovic, Vidovdan i casni krst, 144. 36. Vid in south Slavic appears to be a
variant of the form Vit found in east and west Slavic. Some linguists reconstruct
the word as meaning "lord." See Moszyhski, Die vorchristliche Religion der
8 Popovic, Justin, 31, 125-26, 128 Popovic, Miodrag, 8, 34, 61, 74, 80-81, 85, 196
nn. 44, 45 Popovic-Obradovic, Olga, 8, 88-89 Powell, General Colin, 174 Pozzi,
Henri, 154-55 Pre-Christian religion, 26 Pribicevic, Svetozar, 92, 119, 200 n.
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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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