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 Short - Lived Serbian Empire The Turkish conquest was made more
traumatic for the Serbs by the fact that it began only sixteen years after the death
of Emperor Dušan the Mighty , under whom Serbia had experienced the greatest
and autocrat of the Serbs and Greeks , an indication of his intention to replace the
Byzantine Empire with a new Serbo - Greek empire . He intended to launch an
expedition against Constantinople but died in 1355 before he could realize his ...
Instead of common religion and culture , which were to be the unifying features of
Dušan ' s Serbo - Byzantine empire , language and ethnicity became the main
criteria for the formation of the modern Serbian empire . The Serbs ' military ...
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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
The Encounter with the Turks
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