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 city of Novi Sad remained the center of Serbian culture until the mid -
nineteenth century . The dominant cultural trend at the time when Pannonian
Serbs developed a prosperous and educated middle class was the
Enlightenment ( which ...
The Serbian scholar Vojislav Đurić saw in Saint Sava and Dositej Obradović two
pivotal figures in Serbian culture : There are two epochs in the history of Serbian
culture : the old , from Saint Sava to Dositej , and the new , from Dositej to our ...
12 However , the search for a single dominant figure in modern Serbian culture
seems to be misdirected ; Obradović and Njegoš represent its equally powerful
poles . Indeed , ever since Serbs came into close contact with the West , they
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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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