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 story of how Prince Lazar opted for the heavenly kingdom in the 1389 battle
on the Field of Kosovo seems to have originated with the Narration about Prince
Lazar by Serbian Patriarch Danilo III (who transferred the relics of the slain ...
The leaders in both camps — Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic and Ottoman
Sultan Murad I — were killed, and the Turkish army suffered losses so heavy that
it could not continue the campaign and had to return home. Among the ...
... a Christian prince opting for the heavenly kingdom may seem contradictory, but
in popular perception the saintly prince is himself warlike. A Serbian scholar
points out the warlike character of both Saint Lazar and Saint Sava, the two
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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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